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Texas jury orders software giant to pay $200-million to i4i for patent infringement ...Read the full article

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  1. Machinations ? from Canada writes: Hmmm..more substance on the actual patent please, as too often these turn out to be vague patents on processes which any engineer logically would use - witness Amazon's patent on 'one-click' shopping.

    I find it hard to believe this i4i company is anything other than another patent troll. Perhaps if the Globe reported as a newspaper should, rather than simply regurgitating the wire, I would know.
  2. Angry West Coast Canuck from Canada writes: i4i has been doing XML contracts since at least 2000, when they got a USPTO contract ( So they're actually doing business in the field covered by their 1998 patent, unlike patent trolls. It's unfortunate they chose to litigate in East Texas, but I guess you go where the winning is easy, and it doesn't get much easier than there.

    I find it to be ironic that the company that is one of the main backers of that sick and twisted concept called "software patents" has just gotten bitten by what is essentially a software patent. As per PRNewswire: "1998, U.S. Patent No. 5,787,499, that covers software designed to manipulate "document architecture and content." The software covered by the patent removed the need for individual, manually embedded command codes to control text formatting in electronic documents."

    Of course, $200 million is quite literally minor pocket change for Microsoft, who routinely spend that much for little things like perverting ISO standards processes through bribes and committee buying to get completely unworthy and unimplementable "standards" such as OOXML approved. It's not like such a fine is going to stop them from continuing to implement their completely unethical business model.
  3. A Banana from Canada writes: I find it hard to believe this i4i company is anything other than another patent troll.

    I hope you aren't right, but i wouldn't be suprized.

    And i agree with the above, Microsoft isn't exactly the holly grail of good business practice, quite the opposite.

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