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Microsoft Word Only Available for Sixty More Days

Category: Software
Posted: August 12, 2009 03:53PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A federal judge in Eastern Texas has told Microsoft it has only sixty days before it can no longer sell Microsoft Word in the United States. This ruling comes in relation to a patent infringement case filed by i4i Inc in 2007. In addition to the ban on sales, Judge Leonard Davis ordered Microsoft to pay $240 million in damages. Word 2003 and Word 2007 are the versions affected by this ruling, as they contain the ability to handle documents that contain custom XML. Microsoft doesn't seem to be worried by this and plans to appeal the ruling.



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d3bruts1d on August 13, 2009 03:10AM
I think patent infringement cases should be banned from the state of Texas.
ClayMeow on August 13, 2009 09:36AM
QFT. There's no way this is going to hold up. How can you patent the reading of custom code? Do you know what'd happen to the software industry if that happens?? Ridiculous.

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