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By The 'G-Man.' ·
Microsoft has been ordered to stop selling Microsoft Word in the US, after finding itself on the wrong end of patent infringement suit.

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas sided with technology company i4i, which alleged that Microsoft had wilfully infringed a patent relating to the creation of custom XML documents.

The software giant has been ordered to stop selling Microsoft Word - the cornerstone of its Office suite - in its current form within 60 days.

There's also a fair amount of cash involved. Microsoft must pay $40 million for the initial infringement, $37 million in prejudgment interest, including an additional $21,102 per day until a final judgement is reached in the case. The court also ordered Microsoft to pay $144,060 per day until the date of final judgement for post-verdict damages.

Microsoft won't risk Word, it is a pillar product, and has plenty of cash to either litigate or license

We're still awaiting Microsoft's comments on the verdict, though reports suggest it is planning an appeal. However, analysts suggests the move is unlikely to have any major impact on the software maker.

"Appeals and other legal wrangling will likely eliminate any short term impact and long term they can simply remove the feature from future versions of Windows," says Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group. "The vast majority of Word users probably don't even know what this feature is."

However, Enderle suggests it could prove bad news for other office suites: "It is certainly possible that either Google Docs or Open Office could be hit next by them. i4i don't want people to use anything but its product for this and if it gets a lot of money from Microsoft it's likely to use it to go after anyone else it thinks is infringing," adds Enderle.

"Microsoft won't risk Word, it is a pillar product, and has plenty of cash to either litigate or license (and may end up doing a bit more of the former to drive down the cost of the latter)," he finishes.

Source: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/350722/judge-bans-sales-of-microsoft-word-in-us

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Improperly phrased title

by CharlieSpencer In reply to MS Word to be Banned in t ...

"However, analysts suggests the move is unlikely to have any major impact on the software maker."

Word is not being 'banned'; sales of Word are to be halted in 60 days. MS will file an appeal and continue to sell the product while under appeal. Eventually they'll write a check to i4i that won't merit a footnote in the annual report.

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No more so than a high % of TR Articles

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Improperly phrased title

Alarmist Rules!

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What do they care?

by TonytheTiger In reply to MS Word to be Banned in t ...

Microsoft must pay $40 million for the initial infringement, $37 million in prejudgment interest, including an additional $21,102 per day until a final judgement is reached in the case. The court also ordered Microsoft to pay $144,060 per day until the date of final judgement for post-verdict damages.

Consumers are who will ultimately pick up the tab.

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Hm

by jck In reply to MS Word to be Banned in t ...

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=315210

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You need lessons I see!

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Hm

I'm sure somebody around here can help you!

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I knew I'd seen this before, with a less inflammatory title. No text.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Hm
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MS warn major public disruption!!!!

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to MS Word to be Banned in t ...

Microsoft has warned that "major public disruption" would be caused if a court ruling forcing it to redesign Word is allowed to stand.

Last week, a court found that Microsoft had wilfully infringed a patent relating to the creation of custom XML documents, and ordered it to stop selling Word in its current form in the US.

The software giant has filed an emergency motion against the injunction, claiming that: "Even if Microsoft ultimately succeeds on appeal, it will never be able to recoup the funds expended in redesigning and redistributing Word, the sales lost during the period when Word and Office are barred from the market, and the diminished goodwill from Microsoft's many retail and industrial customers."

Customers will be stranded without an alternative set of software

It also asked the court to consider the impact on retail partners by arguing that Best Buy, HP and Dell would "face the imminent possibility of a massive disruption in their sales".

The company also risked the wrath of Open Office and Google Docs advocates by suggesting that taking Word off the market would leave customers "stranded without an alternative set of software" during the period required to re-engineer the word processing suite.

While the filing sounds dire, the company claimed it was all part of the process: "These filings are not unusual in patent cases," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "We believe the evidence clearly demonstrates that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid."

Indeed, analysts claim Microsoft is simply following the patent suit script: "Appeals and other legal wrangling are intended to eliminate any short term impact," says Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group.

"Microsoft won't risk Word, it is a pillar product, and has plenty of cash to either litigate or license (and may end up doing a bit more of the former to drive down the cost of the latter)," he finishes.

Source: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/350899/microsoft-word-ban-would-cause-irreparable-harm

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