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The Register: FSF Eases Microsoft Schema Patent Fears

Nov 18, 2003, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"'We will have to patent our schema,' advised Bill Gates in an internal email in June 1998, 'and some of our key objects like people/schedules.'

"Whether an XML schema can be a patentable invention is an interesting question, but only fairly recently the Microsoft chairman was attracted the idea that he not only could, but should pursue the option. So the release of the first of Microsoft's XML schemas for Office 2003--files that describe the format for office documents saved as XML--caused some anxiety in the community yesterday..."

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