Judge orders Microsoft to stop Selling Microsoft Word + pay $290 million

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Judge orders Microsoft to stop Selling Microsoft Word + pay $290 million

microsoft-office-word-2007.jpgA judge has ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word over a patent dispute with i4i, a Canadian-based company and to pay more than $290 million in damages.

Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ordered a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX (Word 2007) or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML."

I didn't realize something as 'basic' as opening XML files, an open industry standard could be patented. I smell a patent troll. Apparently from what I read, the East District of Texas is notoriously friendly to patent holders even if the patent is frivolous.

Well, Microsoft could simply change the next version (Office 2010) to NOT open those file types. Then offer a free converter that doesn't "open" these file types, but simply converts them to some new format and extension. Perhaps go back to the old Word .doc extension?

Problem solved!


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