Patent infringement: Court orders Microsoft to stop sales of XML compatible Word versions
Microsoft has been ordered to stop selling certain versions of Word. The software giant lost a lawsuit dealing with claims of patent infringement.
The company i4i has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and also won the legal procedure. Apparently Microsoft has illegally integrated the XMP patent into the text processing application. In detail the infringement deals with the ability to create .docx, .docm and XML documents.
Currently Word 2003 and 2007 are affected and even Word 2010 was supposed to offer the feature. But Microsoft doesn't have to pull the products from the markets immediately, but has 60 days to either adjust the retail version or provide a workaround that removes the ability from the applications. Microsoft already appealed against the judgment. So the lawsuit will go to a second round.
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