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|13th August 2009, 16:54||#1|
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I4I Says It's "Not Out to Destroy" Microsoft Word With Sales Ban
Early this week, a Texas judge handed down a painful injunction to Microsoft, banning the U.S. sales of copies of Word that can open .docx files, Microsoft's primary format used in the software. Microsoft has 60 days to comply with the injunction and cease sales.
The injunction stemmed from a case against Microsoft over its use of XML in its Office Open XML document standard. The use reportedly violated a patent by Toronto-based i4i, granted in 1998. I4I pursued the case in Texas federal court, a state known for its aggressive protection of patents. Indeed, a Texas judge had found that Microsoft had infringed upon the patent and order it to pay $200M USD, prior to the new injunction.
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