Word won't be banned—for now

Microsoft won't be forced to pull Word from store shelves, after all. As Seattle PI reports, the U.S. Court of Appeals has granted the company's motion to hold off on the ban until its appeal goes through.

As we reported last month, a Texas judge ruled that Microsoft had infringed upon the patents of Canadian firm i4i, and he issued an injunction on copies of Word that "have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML." He also ordered the company to pay $240 million in damages to i4i.

Had Microsoft's motion not been granted, Word sales would have had to stop by October 10. Seattle PI points out that HP and Dell, the world's two biggest PC vendors, both filed "amicus curiae" briefs in support of the motion. Dell, for one, argued that the injunction would force it to modify the disk images it copies onto on new PCs, which would involve "extensive time- and resource-consuming re-testing."

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