Judge orders Microsoft to stop selling Word

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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10308013-75.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

    A judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word, one of its premier products, in its current form due to patent infringement.
    Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued 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 or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according to a statement released by attorneys for the plantiff, i4i.

    Microsoft did not immediately reply to request for comment but said in a statement that it planned to appeal the verdict.

    Toronto-based i4i sued Microsoft in March 2007 alleging that the Redmond,Wash.-based software giant violated its 1998 patent (No. 5,787,449) for a document system that eliminated the need for manually embedded formatting codes.

    XML--an integral feature in Microsoft Word--is considered a "page description language," with one of its key qualities being that it is readable by people, not just machines. Unlike HTML, which has predefined tags, XML allows developers and users to define their own tags for data, such as price and product.

    In May, a federal jury in Tyler, Texas, ruled that the custom XML tagging features of Word 2003 and Word 2007 infringed on i4i's patent and ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million in the case.
    In Tuesday's ruling, Microsoft was also ordered to pay an additional $40 million for willful infringement, as well as $37 million in prejudgment interest. The order requires Microsoft to comply with the injunction within 60 days and forbids Microsoft from testing, demonstrating, or marketing Word products containing the contested XML feature.


    Interesting . . .
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I just don't believe much will come of it, they might pay someone off, but they won't stop selling Word/Office. Crazy.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    They will break some deal. But if they don't, I can see Word being yanked off shelves.

    Somehow, I think the guy who owns the patents is jumping high all over the place:rolleyes:
     
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    Sounds like Microsoft has decided not to pay anyone off yet.
     
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    There is an injunction in place currently. MS has 60 days to comply with it. So we'll see what MS does within that timeframe.
     
  6. Scooterman1 macrumors 6502a

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    That's O.K. I have MS Office, but I use OpenOffice, which is FREE, most of the time anyway. I like the interface better than the Ribbon.
     
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    I heard about this and I am hoping it won't spread everywhere because that it how a lot of apps and even the Internet is:eek:
     
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    I think this will be overturned. If this actually happened the US would be utterly humiliated.
     
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    Seemed like I could still order direct from Microsoft via the website
     
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    the ruling wold take 60 days until effective, and will be overturned by then. Just surprising that MSFT didn't settle the case out of court.
     
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    I love it when something happens in the US that may or may not be stupid and someone comes out of the woodwork to note how the entire US will be utterly humiliated. The generalizations that occur when stupid news comes from the US are awesome. :rolleyes:

    I for one, live in the US and will not feel an ounce of humiliation over this nor would I if it actually sticks. It will not because let's face it, it's stupid.

    I only wish this would get those iditos to stop letting newer versions of Office default save using DOCX. It's driving me insane at work.

    It is possible they tried and were unable to, no one knows because the news reports what it wants us to know.
     
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    A couple hundred million for them is not that bad.
     
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    Exactly. The out of court settlement was likely much higher. MS probably figured it'd be cheaper to go the judicial route.
     
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    Yeah, kind of tired of all the America bashing. Lighten up on us, Bush is gone. :D
     
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    I think Britain would be humiliated if we banned Microsoft Word from sale as well - practically regardless of the reason it was done. Let alone if it was banned from sale because of a patent troll.
     
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    No, America would not be humiliated if you're speaking for every single American. Just as Britain should not feel at all humiliated if your judicial system is behind stupid decisions. I don't consider humiliation of all of America to be eminent as a result of this patent dispute.
     
  19. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Really?

    I think we'd not give a toss to be honest.
     
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    Perhaps I'm confused. How would Microsoft not being allowed to sell a product humiliate anyone at all but Microsoft themselves?
     
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    Britain doesn't give a toss about anything. :eek:
     
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    Anyone know what exactly the patent is? I'm assuming it's something a tad more cleverer than "Let's use XML for our document file format. Cha-ching!!"
     
  24. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Sure, read the article.
    So maybe the company's next move will be to sue the W3C for the XHTML / CSS standards... :rolleyes:
     
  25. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    It isn't XML format that is the problem. Rather "Custom XML format put in by MS" that is the problem. Remember that MS developed the .docx format soon after they were forced to make .doc specifications public. They tried the end run and at least for now are caught.

    And it would be unusual for an appeal court to rule within two months.
     

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