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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Court Tells MS Not To Sell Word, Pay $290m

US Court Tells MS Not To Sell Word, Pay $290m

US Court Tells MS Not To Sell Word, Pay $290m

Added: Thursday, December 24th, 2009
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Seattle: A federal appeals courts ordered Microsoft to stop selling its Word programme in January and pay a Canadian software company $290 million for violating a patent, upholding the judgment of a lower court.


But people looking to buy Word or Microsoft’s Office package in the US won’t have to go without the software. Microsoft said Tuesday it expects that new versions of the product, with the computer code in question removed, will be ready for sale when the injunction begins on January 11.

Toronto-based i4i Inc sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the technology behind a tool in the popular word processing program. The technology in question gives Word users an improved way to edit XML, or code that tells the program how to interpret and display a document’s contents.

A Texas jury found that Microsoft Word willfully infringed on the patient. Microsoft appealed that decision, but the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld the lower court’s damage award and the injunction against future sales of infringing copies of Word.

Michel Vulpe, founder and co-investor of i4i, said in a statement that the company is pleased with the decision, calling it “an important step in protecting the property rights of small inventors.”

Microsoft said it has been preparing for such a judgment since August. Copies of Word and Office sold before January 11 aren’t affected by the court’s decision. And Microsoft said it has “put the wheels in motion to remove this little-used feature” from versions of Word 2007 and Office 2007 that would be sold after that date. “Beta” or test version of Word 2010 and Office 2010, expected to be finalized next year, do not contain the offending code, the software maker said. Microsoft added that it may appeal further, asking for either a rehearing in front of the appeals court’s full panel of judges or in front of the US Supreme Court.

December 24th, 2009

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Date:  Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2009-12-24 15:06:27)
XxGoLDxX avatarThanks For the Microsoft Article.....EMUworld

posted by (2009-12-24 15:33:09)
SnakeyB avatarThanks for keeping us posted EMUworld, I like how "Microsoft said it has been preparing for such a judgment since August", But will also appeal further. So basically we know we were guilty but lets try an appeal anyway.

posted by (2009-12-24 15:44:14)
EMUworld avatarTHnx SnakeyB, XxGoLDxX
I will try to keep informing u all about the l8est stuff going on...
and ya Thnx SaM...

posted by (2009-12-24 15:50:15)
ihatespys avatarI don't even remember last time I used WORD anyway.

posted by men (2009-12-24 16:09:00)
oOBLazerOo avatarAmazing that they actually stole the entire code verbatim rather than simply altered it to be their own. Reminds me of the movie Anti-trust with this article though.

posted by Site Friend (2009-12-24 16:36:44)
magiccrack avatarnice makes us smile :) thanx for the good read very nice :)

posted by ET junkie (2009-12-24 17:07:19)
KillswitchEngage avatarMicrosoft uses Mac computers.. lol

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2009-12-24 17:27:56)
texasguy avatareveytime Micosoft loses a case it makes me feel better

posted by ET junkieET lover (2009-12-24 18:47:33)
bodthepimp avatarJUSTICE :-) THX EMUworld

posted by Site FriendKitty (2009-12-24 19:54:57)
aSBo avatarMicrosoft have stolen others ideas since they were first founded & I believe most of the time they have improved them. There is a beta Office 2010 on the web but I have not posted it for the simple reason you guys already still beta testing Windows 7 for them LMAO. Watch this space for the full buggy Office 2010 soon everyone.

Thanks for the info EMU & Merry Christmas all you ET lovers out there :))

posted by (2009-12-25 01:14:32)
2canchu avatarWhy pay, Sun's Open Ofice is just as good and not as bulky. Thank's EMU.

posted by Blocked (2009-12-25 14:02:38)
Nodurxshn avatarMS is never wrong

posted by (2009-12-26 14:32:42)
No avatarLOL - $290 million!!! That is more than the profit on Word since 2007 and certainly far more than the use of that XML code. I think we know a Judge and jury in the anti-MS camp.

Not like SUN and even the Open Source Foundation have not lost lawsuits on this sort of stuff, just not nearly the size of award. If you are big enough to hire lots of programmers and write lots of code -- it will happen.

But yeah MS steals stuff all the time. More than anyone else. Sometimes on purpose as a business.

Sometimes because an individual programmer they hired stole it on his own (e.g. to cover days on drug binge or incompetency). Sometimes because there are only so many obvious ways to write code to do that job (only has to be similar to lose patent lawsuit).

And occasionally, just occasionally, MS own poor security lets someone steal from them and patent the code first. Or a third party sells code or a patent to both MS and the offended party.

Preventing this requires MS to compare they code versus all other code in the world. And most patents do not make the code directly available for such a comparison.

posted by (2009-12-26 14:44:12)
No avatarP.S. You really have to hate Microsoft to use Open Office. It is still extremely clunky and resembles the Vi editor too much. Cloning is mainly on the key press and embedded codes rather than mouse operations and wizards.

That is Open Office might work for people whose job is as pure typist -- those speed people who never stop to think and never want fingers to leave keyboard. But most other people think about typing the words and then worry about changing the format or create tables and fill them in later. For us normal people highlighting, cut and paste, and other mouse and wizard operations are important.

Not saying you must have MS Office. But I would skip to a 3rd party commercial product or totally different Open Source idea, rather than any of the Open Source clone attempts. Some of those other products work pretty well even if they are not key press compatible.

posted by (2009-12-27 11:24:09)
kingtiger01 avatarOpenOffice, Gnome-Office and Koffice are just a few, depending on youre Operating System. either-way you want to look at it, Microsoft is not the only one who can write software, but there the only one whos willing to spend millions in court room battles over stolen code and poor management.

goes to really show you the company behind the name. things may be closer than they appear in mirror.

posted by (2009-12-28 10:24:43)
Boomer avatarWell, I don't want to get too mad at Microsoft, they bring a lot of good things, and most people I know got on line through Windows. It was the cheapest and easiest to use system, and you could be in school with no money and put a PC together with a copy of Windows from a friend for almost no cost.

Linux is free, but it's only recently been good enough that it will run on most new hardware, through the Ubuntu project. Build a new computer with standard off the shelf parts and Ubuntu 9.10 will probably install fine on the first try, and that's really an achievement for Linux on the desktop, really. I'm trying to go Ubuntu on all of my computers, but even so I'll never forget what Windows has brought me.

I found it interesting that Michel Vulpe's company is called i4i, is that the way he likes his justice, along with a tooth for a tooth? His name, Vulpe relates to Vulpine, which is the name for a Fox. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulpes

posted by (2009-12-31 03:58:27)
No avatarExactly! There are lots of nice GUI word processors as alternatives to Microsoft Word.

I am just saying the Open Source attempts to clone Office are not so nice as GUI products. If I hear one more Open Office propaganda blurb I think I will scream. On the other hand Ubuntu and other Linux desktops are finally really nice Windows like desktops.

Go for products that are NOT Word clones instead. Many can still output simple WORD compatible files for exchange with Microsoft Word users.

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