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Microsoft Fined $200M USD for Violating Open Source Patent

Microsoft Fined $200M USD for Violating Open Source Patent

In its early days Microsoft, oft ignored the open source movement, instead pushing for proprietary standards. However, more recently the company has made a practice of embracing open standards and then “extending” them in ways that tend to tie them to the Windows operating system, according to critics.

Thus was the case with XML collaborative content standards developed by Toronto-based i4i. Microsoft took the approach and used it in Word 2003 and Word 2007 to provide a means of controlling the appearance of Word files via embedded tags. In doing so they modified the XML without permission, in what the courts decide was a clear violation of i4i’s patent.


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