Microsoft Loses Patent Case Appeal

For once, Microsoft has been told that they can't take whatever they want, use it however they want, and stomp the life out of whatever individuals or small companies happen to get in their way.As reported on a number of sites, including CNNMoney and Datamation, a U.

For once, Microsoft has been told that they can't take whatever they want, use it however they want, and stomp the life out of whatever individuals or small companies happen to get in their way.

As reported on a number of sites, including CNNMoney and Datamation, a U.S. federal appeals court upheld a patent infringement ruling against Microsoft in a case concerning "custom XML" handling.

Of course, Microsoft immediately tried to pooh-pooh the whole thing with statements about removing "this little-used feature", and they will reach into their petty cash drawer to pay the $290 million judgement. But to me, at least, this is a nice Christmas flash of hope.

jw

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