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Microsoft Patent Case in the Supreme Court Hands

Apr 20, 2011, 21:11 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"This is serious stuff. At one time, a U.S. District Court had ruled that Microsoft couldn't sell any version of Microsoft Word or Office that could create .XML, .DOCX, or .DOCM files. Had that injunction been enforced immediately, there would have been a time during the fall of 2009 when you couldn't have bought Office 2007 or 2010. That's no longer in the cards because Microsoft removed the offending code in December 2009, but besides wanting its $200-million fine back, Microsoft wants, according to Thomas Hungar, of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who represented Microsoft before the Supremes. 'Microsoft wants the patent system strengthened, and the patent playing field fair and balanced.'"

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