"Microsoft Tuesday lost its appeal of a patent lawsuit regarding
Office 2007's "custom XML" feature and now has to remove the
offending feature from products sold in the U.S. post haste.
"Analysts said the blowback from the court upholding i4i's
victory means that Microsoft, and other large developers, will need
to factor litigation costs into future projects.
"The ruling came from a three -- judge panel of the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which granted the
plaintiff -- tiny Canadian firm i4i -- a permanent injunction
blocking Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) from selling any version of
Office that contains the infringing features.
"The technology in question is a set of tools for writing
so-called "custom" XML (eXtended Markup Language) often used for
file portability in products like Microsoft Word. Last summer, a
lower court ruled Microsoft had infringed i4i's patent on the