i4i: "OpenOffice Doesn't Infringe Our Patents"

Aug 21, 2009

On August 11, a court in Texas banned the sale of Microsoft Word in the US due to a patent lawsuit, concerning XML features, brought by the Canadian company i4i.

Since the ruling, the question of patents regarding OpenOffice has also been raised, but according to an article on Government Computer News, OpenOffice has nothing to fear. "i4i said it has looked at OpenOffice and found it doesn't infringe on its patents" GCN reports.

The Toronto based i4i is not a patent-troll. The company has been working with XML technology since 1993. The ban covers all versions of Word capable of opening XML, DOCX or DOCM files that contain custom XML code. (Word 2003 and earlier).

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  • Not a patent troll?!!

    They are using a patent for income. Sounds like a patent troll to me.
    And thanks to their precedent it's going to be extremely difficult for anyone in the future to invalidate bad patents.
  • A little fuzzy reporting

    The first Working Draft of XML was done in 1996.
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