Texas Judge Blocks Microsoft From Selling Word
A Texas judge ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word. I've been yelling the same thing for years, but Bill gates never listens to your humble Truemorist. In this case, though, the issue isn't one of criminal suckage, but patent infringement. That's right- according to Judge Leonard Davis, Microsoft's method of reading XML violates a patent held by a Canadian company called i4i. Judge Davis ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word, and to pay i4i $290 million in damages.
The injunction (PDF) prohibits Microsoft from demonstrating, marketing, testing, or supporting Word. I'm pretty sure they stopped testing Word a looooong time ago, though.
Seriously, though, I have not a sred of doubt that Microsoft will get this ruling overturned in about eleven seconds.
Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ordered a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according to an announcement by the plaintiff, Toronto-based i4i Inc.
For what it's worth, the Eastern District of Texas also has a certain reputation for being extremely sympathetic to the plaintiffs in patent infringement cases.