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nzherald.co.nz: Gates Up To Old Tricks Over Intellectual Property Rights

Mar 14, 2005, 19:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Gifford)

"If you wondered how Bill Gates topped the Forbes rich list for the 11th year with a personal fortune of US$46.5 billion ($63 billion), look no further than the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.

"Patent 525484, accepted by the office and now open for objections until the end of May, says Microsoft invented and owns the process whereby a word-processing document stored in a single XML file may be manipulated by applications that understand XML..."

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