Microsoft loses second appeal in Word patent case

By Jos ยท 28 replies
Mar 12, 2010
  1. Microsoft has lost its second appeal against i4i, the Canadian company that sued them for willfully infringing one of its patents in Word 2003 and 2007. The dispute centers on some custom XML tagging features used by these applications, which are used for encoding and displaying information, and has already cost the software giant a sales injunction plus a potential $290 million in fines.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    Wish I could write 100 lines of code that MS would steal and then end up having to cut me a check for 290 million for. ;)
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I guess it is heading towards a big pay day for i4i in near future.

    I was thinking of saying something similar but Tom beat me to it lol.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Except I can imagine the M$ guys writing the check then going to get lunch for the same amount of money.
  5. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Microsoft is laughing at the Judges the whole time. Oh yeah, we took the software off our main page, but you can still download it from other sites. Ha! Ha! Judges. We did it to you again!
  6. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    The award isn't that big of a deal for MS, but the injunction is. Anyone know if this affected retail sales of Office? I didn't see anything about them recalling boxes or anything.
  7. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    I just hope this doesn't affect the copy of MS Office I already own.
  8. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    Microsoft was built on infringing and pilfering of other people's stuff. Did they think no one would check there code? Crazy Stuff....Man
  9. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515


    humm, i own the 2003 version .. but also have alternative solutions ..

    how did MS get into such trouble, someone forgot to pay another small developer!

  10. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    It's good to sue someone who deserves it...
  11. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    things like this has me wondering, I mean its $290 million and then there's the millions they make when they sell these products I'd like to know if they're either losing or are they profiting from this, serves them right to get stepped on nothing positive I have to say about this, thats a lot of money.
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I think Microsoft thinks like this. Of all the people bootlegging windows, they figure they can ignore the injunction and still sell office.
  13. techsp10

    techsp10 Banned Posts: 37

    It's good to fight for the betterment of the company as long the company is at the right side. I wish their would be no infringement of the other products of microsoft.
  14. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +9

    Sounds like the same old story to me .... Microsoft steals whatever they want if they really want it but they don't want anyone stealing software from them.

    Very typical hypocracy at Microsoft ... it really seems to be their SOP.
  15. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 381   +86

    What was wrong with Word 6? It did everything I needed.
  16. flukeh

    flukeh TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Word 6 doesn't continue to rake in the cash monies for Microsoft =P
  17. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    seems like MS is gonna loose some pockets of its own!
    anyways i think patent should go to the person who created it!
  18. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I guess when you are as big as Microsoft, you don't have to worry about pesky little things like "injunctions".

    MS has built their whole business on ripping people off, I wonder if this will embolden any others who have been infringed against?
  19. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Thats pretty sweeping yet arguably inconsiderate assertion; but then again I am no longer surprised at incomplete knowledge of many of the commentators.
  21. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Right on, brother!
  22. techsp10

    techsp10 Banned Posts: 37

    I trust Microsoft and I know for sure that they could overcome their loss right away...
  23. Microsoft can handle it..
  24. bigclick

    bigclick TS Rookie Posts: 49

    A few million out of billions? Microsoft will survive, but they keep shooting themselves in the foot with the way they handle problems. Ignore the small developer? They should open up to them in the beginning and own these brainy little guys.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,972   +2,527

    Whoops double post, (forth coming).
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