Supreme Court Case of i4i vs. Microsoft set to Begin Tomorrow

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codepath

do something about the spam trolls on the MaxPC comment boards.

I am looking at YOU "nikki"!

 

codepath

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Caboose

Nikki is one of them. Bullwinkle J. Moose is another.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Shut up Stalker

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Caboose

Paranoid are we?

Careful what you say? The government is monitoring your internet connection and phone calls!

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charming88

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ucjuicy

obviously this current formation of the supreme court will side with corporations and against frivolous lawsuits.

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wkstar

The case itself began over a claim of infringement by i4i over a recently removed feature in Microsoft Word,

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Can anyone explain what this case is about ?

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Vernak

Yes, wkstar, the issue all started with Office 2007.  If you are a familiar Office user, as most are, you may have noticed that the 2007 version of Office introduced some new file extensions.  For instance, .docx as opposed to doc for Word and .xlsx as opposed to .xls.  Part of the naming convention has to do with Microsoft using heavy XML to program it's suite.  i4i is contending that Microsoft's use of XML code in this way infringes upon their patent(s) in addition to their claim that Microsoft directly stole source code from i4i.

 

This story has creeped back up now and then over the years so forgive any possible inaccuracies.  However, I believe that gives you more than enough to answer the question.

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aarcane

Noone will win.  this case will be locked up in court for months, if not years on the taxpayers dime.  the "loser on file" will be ordered to pay "court costs", which will amount to a small fraction of the total actual costs.  Any patent reform that may arise will be minimal, at best, and noone will truly notice a change.  At the end of the case, noone will truly be paying attention anymore, as both sides will have talked themselves out of any true support from the masses.  Lethargic, and with a feeling of defeat hanging heavily over our heads, we will all continue our lives unchanged.  Inventers afraid to innovate for fear of someone having had some idea vaguely similar to theirs some time in the past, yet also unwilling not to pursue their ideas on the off-chance that whoever had the idea before didn't file it properly.  The rest of us not caring, since it doesn't affect us beyond a few brief moments of moral outrage.

 

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Trooper_One

Kinda stinks doesn't it?  It'll probably sit in the court for many years to come and will finally settle with no major decision changes on the law.  The trolls will be asking for $Billions and will settle in the hundred of millisions.

The taxpayers lose for court costs, and like you said, inventors will continue to be afraid of innovating.

 

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warptek2010

I'm sorry MaximumPC, I filed a trademark on the term "Non-Practicing Entity" years ago. I'll see you in court.

As for who I think will win... If Bill or any other Microsoft entity gets in front of the Supreme Court and acts the way they did in court 10 years ago they're cooked. 

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silica

"Patient trolls" should be reported to their medical boards!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Opening statement by Bill Gates

Welcome to Microshaft, an Attorney / Client software Company

Wild claims being made that our Crashdows 7 Operating System is nothing more than a spyware platform are patently false

Our newest operating system is much more than just a simple spyware platform

Why, Our End Loser Licensing Agreement contains valuable information about our new and comprehensive rights management, including, but not limited to "Your Liabilities" into perpetual perpetuity and beyond!

What?

Oh sorry.......wrong case

nevermind

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Picture Bill raising a cardboard sword and wearing a cape as he squeeks..........Into Perpetual Pepetuity and Beyond!

I can see this happening

 

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Caboose

What is worse than a patint troll? This user. "Bullwinkle J. Moose"

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Neufeldt2002

I think that given the state of the patent system, anything that fixes what is clearly broken is a step in the right direction. Patents these days clearly do not make innovation easier, they simply lock things up making a select few richer and stifles innovation.

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