[oclug] Ouch (MS word processing patent)
rbrockway at opentrend.net
Tue Mar 15 14:13:44 EST 2005
On Tue, 15 Mar 2005, Sean Hammond wrote:
> >From Slashdot, Microsoft have a patent application in process that states:
> "Microsoft invented and owns the process whereby a word-processing
> document stored in a single XML file may be manipulated by
> applications that understand XML."
What is particularly disturbing is the loose language such as
"word-processing document". Are documents written in vi, pico or lyx
included? If something like this was accepted as a patent wide-scale
civil disobedience may need to be considered.
> And isn't a sort of obvious idea?
Exactly. It is time we as a society took a long hard look at patents
before they managed to completely stifle innovation.
Robert Brockway B.Sc.
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