MS Loses in Patent Lawsuit
Microsoft, the world's top software maker, may have to stop selling its flagship ``Office'' suite program in Korea temporarily due to patent infringement, according to a local technology transfer agent.
P&IB on Sunday said a recent court decision on its patent disputes with Microsoft Korea will eventually force the software powerhouse to exclude the technologies in question from its office package.
Last Friday, the Supreme Court of Korea acknowledged that the patents are effective for technologies of automatically switching the input mode between Korean and English.
You've probably seen the story about Microsoft's "royalty-free licensing program" on its Office 2007 user interface. Unfortunately, there is a gotcha. Microsoft doesn't actually say "anyone" can use this license, as the story indicates; it says in their blog entry that "virtually anyone" can. Isn't there always a catch with Microsoft? Usually a GPL gotcha? So who can and who can't?