Judge orders Microsoft to stop selling Word with XML capabilities

The patent-friendly US District Court of Eastern Texas has granted i4i an injunction that prevents Microsoft from selling copies of Word that infringe its XML patent. This would affect copies of Word that can open .XML and .docx files containing custom XML, including Word 2003. Microsoft has 60 days to comply.i4i (Infrastructures For Information) is a Canadian software company with about 30 employees. It sells, among other things, software for manipulating XML in Microsoft Word.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/aug/12/microsoft-xml-patent-caseAlso see:Judge bans Microsoft Word sales
A US federal court has ordered Microsoft to pay over $290m (£175m) for wilfully infringing on a patent by Canadian firm i4i.The patent relates to the use of XML, a mark-up language that allows formatting of text and makes files readable across different programs.XML is integral to Microsoft’s flagship word processing software Word.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8197990.stmI4i says not out to destroy Microsoft Word
The chairman of the company that has won a landmark injunction against Microsoft says his goal is not to see Microsoft Word pulled from store shelves.In fact, I4i Chairman Loudon Owen said he is one of the hundreds of millions of people who uses Word and the other Microsoft Office tools every day.

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