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MSFT Releases New Versions of Word and Office

Last year, Canadian firm i4i successfully sued Microsoft for patent infringement. The company was awarded nearly $300 million in damages and Microsoft was ordered to amend its Word and Office software so that it no longer infringed on i4i's patent. The patent covers software that removes the need for individual, manually embedded command codes to control text formatting in electronic documents. Aside from paying the hefty damages, Microsoft was ordered not to sell or import any Microsoft products that had the capability to open .XML, .DOCX or .DOCM files containing custom XML, to the United States.

Despite appealing the case, in December Microsoft was ordered to change Word and Office or pull the software from shelves by January 11. On Friday Microsoft filed yet another appeal against the ruling. In a petition, Microsoft asks judges to reconsider the way in which the damages figure of $290 million was reached.

"The petition details significant conflicts we believe the December 22 decision creates with established precedents governing trial procedure and the determination of damages, and we are concerned that the decision weakens judges' authority to apply appropriate safeguards in future patent trials," said Kevin Kutz, director of public affairs for Microsoft, in a statement.

i4i says it expected Microsoft to file such a petition but added that it looks forward to building its business now that Microsoft is required to stop selling the offending products.

  • mfarrukh
    Looks cool

    Let the price not be much higher
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  • Jerky_san
    "i4i says it expected Microsoft to file such a petition but added that it looks forward to building its business now that Microsoft is required to stop selling the offending products."
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  • rooket
    seems like i4i wants to impede progress. shameful company imho. however i kinda dislike having to troubleshoot older versions of word and excel trying to open that crappy XML format which is very unnecessary.
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  • captaincharisma
    man you can't create anything these days and sell it because you would be too afraid you would get sued. there will no longer be any radical innovation in the world.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    The issuance of patents in the USA is problematic to say the least. The Internet is a particularly sensitive issue on many fronts. Perhaps it is time for the government to overhaul the system.
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  • jnjkele
    US patent and copyright system is broken - simple as that. Any system that allows a company to generate a steady revenue stream by patent trolling is just messed up. Neither patents nor copyrights are used today in the manner in which they were originally introduced, and the system is widely abused to everyone's detriment. It needs fixing.
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  • zak_mckraken
    JohnnyLuckyThe issuance of patents in the USA is problematic to say the least. The Internet is a particularly sensitive issue on many fronts. Perhaps it is time for the government to overhaul the system.It was time 10 years ago and still nothing has changed. Sometimes, I wonder if the USPTO don't make a percentage off these lawsuits. Maybe that's why they're slow to realize something is wrong.
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  • TemjinGold
    "Aside from paying the hefty damages, Microsoft was ordered not to sell or import any Microsoft products that had the capability to open .XML, .DOCX or .DOCM files containing custom XML, to the United States."

    Wait, does that mean all the docx stuff I saved will be useless? Should I be converting them all back to doc or something?
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  • TemjinGold
    "Aside from paying the hefty damages, Microsoft was ordered not to sell or import any Microsoft products that had the capability to open .XML, .DOCX or .DOCM files containing custom XML, to the United States."

    Wait, does that mean all the docx stuff I saved will be useless? Should I be converting them all back to doc or something?
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  • duckmanx88
    TemjinGoldWait, does that mean all the docx stuff I saved will be useless? Should I be converting them all back to doc or something?
    two words dude. Open Office
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