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Microsoft Word and Office Ban Begins

 12:21 pm on Jan 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Microsoft Word and Office [news.bbc.co.uk]Ban Begins
A ban on Microsoft selling certain versions of its flagship products Word and Office has begun.

The software firm was made to change elements of the software by US courts after a patent dispute with Canadian firm i4i. Microsoft said that it had complied with the court's ruling and would now offer "revised software" in the US. The court ruling means that Microsoft must also pay i4i damages of $290m (182m).

However, the firm said on 8 January that it had filed another appeal against the injunction.

Earlier story

Word and Office to be barred from sale starting January 11 [webmasterworld.com]



 4:45 am on Jan 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

I get really tired of US legal processes, it is appeal after appeal, case after case. Microsoft should do the decent thing and comply graciously!


 6:09 am on Jan 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

They have complied and are issuing patches to update the applicable software. However, they are within their rights to appeal this decision. If this reaches the Supreme Court then it may be possible to redefine some of the legal precedents in terms of software patents within the US legal system. There is more at stake here than MS simply rolling over and capitulating.

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