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Oh My Word – How Patently Stupid

Aug 14, 2009, 19:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Dangermouse de-de de-de for this link. ]

"As you can see, this is essentially a patent on those core ideas of XML+XSL that impressed me all those years ago – indeed, on the even older ones of SGML+DSSSL. How the US PTO could possibly grant it for something whose core idea has been around for years is just beyond comprehension, and indicates the parlous state of the US patent system.

"But what makes this case even more perturbing is that the patent has been granted to Microsoft. Which means that it has another pseudo-patent in its armoury that allows it to indulge in the usual FUD of free software “infringing” on its intellectual monopolies."

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