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No easy fix for Word legal woes

Aug 17, 2009, 20:01 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Not, mind you that that whether a patent is valid really matters. Bad patents, like the ones used by NTP against RIM (Research in Motion) in the Blackberry patent case, work just as well as good ones for shaking money out of companies. In NTP vs. RIM, for example, all of NTP's patents have run into serious trouble, but RIM was still forced to pay NTP $612.5-million to keep everyone's Blackberries running. Oh, and three years later, the NTP patents, although regarded by everyone, outside of NTP's owners and employees as junk, have still not been finally over-turned and they may not be finally thrown out for another half-dozen years.

"In short, Microsoft can forget about getting this patent over-turned as a quick way out of its Word troubles."

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