Microsoft permitted to continue Word sales for now

Microsoft Word fans across the world can rejoice and breathe a sigh of relief today as Microsoft has won a temporary stay, allowing Word sales to continue.

In August 2009, a judge ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word, its flagship word processing software and one of the main components of the Microsoft Office System. i4i sued Microsoft in March 2007 claiming that Microsoft violated its 1998 patent (No. 5,787,449) for a document system that "eliminated the need for manually embedded formatting codes." I4i Chairman Loudon Owen said last month that he would like to see a version of Word come out without the technology in question. "The injunction is not saying there is no more Word for the world," Owen said. "That is not our intention and that would not be a sensible remedy."

The latest ruling means Microsoft can carry on selling Word until the appeal process is complete. "We are happy with the result and look forward to presenting our arguments on the main issues on Sept. 23," Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz said.

According to CNET news, i4i Chairman Loudon Owen said in a statement following the ruling: "Microsoft's scare tactics about the consequences of the injunction cannot shield it from the imminent review of the case by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal on the September 23 appeal. i4i is confident that the final judgment in favor of i4i, which included a finding of willful patent infringement by Microsoft and an injunction against Microsoft Word, was the correct decision and that i4i will prevail on the appeal."

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It was lame of them to stop Microsoft in the first place. Microsoft has been selling word since 1981 and to try and stop them selling word is just silly.

Since Google docs, never use word anymore anyways..... try it, you'll be surprised at how much you might like it... LOVE never losing any files, backups or crap like that... all i can say is try it and then you may not worry about MS Word lawsuits and stuff.

rippleman said,
Since Google docs, never use word anymore anyways..... try it, you'll be surprised at how much you might like it... LOVE never losing any files, backups or crap like that... all i can say is try it and then you may not worry about MS Word lawsuits and stuff.


Please; I don't worry about that now with Word 2010 x64. Plus I get to compose/save/print entirely offline (can Google Docs work without the cloud)? And I don't save in the Contested Format (DOCX) either, but in plain ordinary Word 97-2003 DOC format, which every version of Word has retained. And I still have ODF and PDF as options.

*Sigh*
Why do companies insist on bringing MIcrosoft down? It's not their fault they became so popular.

They should just create a version of Windows and call it "Windows Basic" - no IE (and no choices upon loading), no Media Player, no Office no this and that, hell, even no calculator!

Why can't people accept they are a big company and are at the top of their game. Get over it.

Microsoft should ban I4i from using their Word software (seeing that the guy suing them stated he like using Word so much).

TC17 said,
Microsoft should ban I4i from using their Word software (seeing that the guy suing them stated he like using Word so much).


and their lawyers
so they cant draw up documents

How has Microsoft been stealing from Apple? This I have gotta see. From what others have said Microsoft has paid i4i a lot of money, they are just trying to extort even more out of Microsoft.

I don't know either way. Hell, I don't even fully understand the basis for the lawsuit. I tried reading that patent application but the way those things are written is absolutely ridiculous and damn near indecipherable. From what some of the comments in here say, it sounds like something to do with the way .docx reads and writes XML, so couldn't they just revamp .docx to version 2.0 and change the way it reads and writes XML? Sure the might have to abandon the first implementation, but they can just blame it on i4i.

Tekzel said,
How has Microsoft been stealing from Apple?

LOL.

1) cloned OSX gui
2) cloned OpenCL in the proprietary Direct X mess
3) Microsoft Stores. What do they call their genius bar? LOL
4) Zune attempt to clone iPod but failed miserably
5) Zune HD attempt to clone iPod touch, but will fail miserably
6) App Store

I could keep going but i am bored....

pc_tool said,
LOL.

1) cloned OSX gui
2) cloned OpenCL in the proprietary Direct X mess
3) Microsoft Stores. What do they call their genius bar? LOL
4) Zune attempt to clone iPod but failed miserably
5) Zune HD attempt to clone iPod touch, but will fail miserably
6) App Store

I could keep going but i am bored....


And stupid. None of that is in any way relevant, or factual. It's just some fanboys misinterpretation of how this all is. I can't honestly believe anyone is naive and deluded enough to think all that. But you seem to be an Apple fan, so anything is possible.

pc_tool said,
LOL.

1) cloned OSX gui
2) cloned OpenCL in the proprietary Direct X mess
3) Microsoft Stores. What do they call their genius bar? LOL
4) Zune attempt to clone iPod but failed miserably
5) Zune HD attempt to clone iPod touch, but will fail miserably
6) App Store

I could keep going but i am bored....

And every single item you named were done by others before Apple, so if anything Microsoft "stole" from other folks. The problem with Apple fanboys is they think Apple invented everything. Which is absolutely untrue.

How's opening a store is stealing from Apple? Is that a new idea? Apple invented stores or something? Just ridiculous

To be fair though, "AnswerBars"? Really? I mean, c'mon. If your not seeing something there, then... then... *gives up*
*gets molested by trolls*

unifex said,
How's opening a store is stealing from Apple? Is that a new idea? Apple invented stores or something? Just ridiculous :)

+1
well said!

pc_tool said,
1) cloned OSX gui
Ah yes, with glass, dissimilar buttons on the opposite end and completely different guidelines, they certainly copied Apple.
2) cloned OpenCL in the proprietary Direct X mess
You do know that OpenCL != 3D Graphics library, right? That would be OpenGL
3) Microsoft Stores. What do they call their genius bar? LOL
Apple didn't invent stores. Your right about the genius bar thing though.
5) Zune HD attempt to clone iPod touch, but will fail miserably
lol @ predicting a hugely hyped device will fail despite being better then the iPod just because Microsoft makes it
6) App Store
Blackberry has an Application Store, my old Flip Phone has a "Get it Now" app store. Not a new idea. Not Apple's idea.

I could keep going but i am bored....


pc_tool said,
LOL.

1) cloned OSX gui
2) cloned OpenCL in the proprietary Direct X mess
3) Microsoft Stores. What do they call their genius bar? LOL
4) Zune attempt to clone iPod but failed miserably
5) Zune HD attempt to clone iPod touch, but will fail miserably
6) App Store

I could keep going but i am bored....


apple didn't invent all that.

i am bored...

ok "tool", I think everyone said enough so no need for me to jump on this but it's fair to say the list is ridiculous and we can all agree that everyone steals from everyone. That's life.

Wonder how much Microsoft paid the judge? Microsoft stole from i4i and gets away with it. What a joke. On the other hand, Microsoft has been stealing from Apple for decades and getting away with it.

pc_tool said,
Wonder how much Microsoft paid the judge? Microsoft stole from i4i and gets away with it. What a joke. On the other hand, Microsoft has been stealing from Apple for decades and getting away with it.

There is something i don't really understand. MS like any other company will create their own technology. Its not bad getting inspired from someone or something else. Especially to follow your users' needs and requests etc...
You should better check the definition of that word first

There's no way Microsoft will stop selling Word. At the very most, they'll have to stop using the .docx format and go back to .doc.

That would be annoying, but not the end of the world.

badblood said,
They'd have to repackage the Office suite entirely and the product recall would be enourmous!

No, they wouldn't recall all the software already out there, they would just release an update which removes the .docx functionality.

You can disagree with our patent system all you want, but that's the way it works.

If you can't tell by now that our patent system is broke then you've been living under a rock

I think it's funny that anyone is actually worried about something happening to Microsoft Word. i4i won a civil suit, and now their lawyers are trying to maximize the settlement that will almost certainly come out of this; that's the way our system works. Microsoft is not going to buy i4i; the lawsuit damages awarded are more than the company is worth. And the company has the potential to make more money from future licensing.

And to all the people screaming how ridiculous this all is: if you had an idea that some company was using in their products, you would want to be compensated for it. You can disagree with our patent system all you want, but that's the way it works.

Did anyone really think Microsoft would pull Word?! They'd have to repackage the Office suite entirely and the product recall would be enourmous!
I agree that this is utter nonsense though. Word has been an integral part of my life for 16 years now and I for one wouldn't like to see some silly notion that it infringes on a patent stop Microsoft from providing it.

badblood said,
Did anyone really think Microsoft would pull Word?! They'd have to repackage the Office suite entirely and the product recall would be enourmous!
I agree that this is utter nonsense though. Word has been an integral part of my life for 16 years now and I for one wouldn't like to see some silly notion that it infringes on a patent stop Microsoft from providing it.

Actually they ruled that existing copies that were already sold wouldn't be affected. So the only recall are the ones from the stores.

I hope this nonsense gets thrown out. This is one of those cases that really drives home how patents just don't make sense for software... It limits things too much...

M_Lyons10 said,
I hope this nonsense gets thrown out. This is one of those cases that really drives home how patents just don't make sense for software... It limits things too much...


I agree utterly. A lot of these patents are just straightforward stuff that any idiots in IT can come up with. Sigh..

i don't see that happening, pay them through a judgement or buy them out? either way it's money that MS wasn't intended on paying. buying them out just to shut them up when they have no product that can help MS in the future is just stupid.

Unfortunately, as the courts have clearly decided that MS are in breach of the patent they will end up paying i4i even more money they won't run out of money because they now have the MS cash cow teat to suckle on

cerealfreak said,
Unfortunately, as the courts have clearly decided that MS are in breach of the patent they will end up paying i4i even more money they won't run out of money because they now have the MS cash cow teat to suckle on :)

The court that decided almost ALWAYS sides with the plaintif... even when there is very weak evidence... thats why patent trolls drag their cases to this specific texas court....

neufuse said,
The court that decided almost ALWAYS sides with the plaintif... even when there is very weak evidence... thats why patent trolls drag their cases to this specific texas court....

As I said i4i now have the MS cash cow to suckle on, as in they will continue to get money from MS and therefore will not run out of money

. . .now starts the merry-go-round of who is right, and who is wrong. It would be simple for Microsoft to offer a specific amount of money to i4i, and get this over with.

Pam14160 said,
. . .now starts the merry-go-round of who is right, and who is wrong. It would be simple for Microsoft to offer a specific amount of money to i4i, and get this over with.

Problem is MS already paid them money, they're just money hungry whores.

Jelly Beans said,
Problem is MS already paid them money, they're just money hungry whores. :(

Yeah, they've paid them a LOT of money, and have given this to them in several different payments. It almost looks like Microsoft was being extorted... lol

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, they've paid them a LOT of money, and have given this to them in several different payments. It almost looks like Microsoft was being extorted... lol


yep, i hope i4i get whats comin to em