XML software patent opposition headed for court?

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Microsoft refused to voluntarily surrender the patent late last month and said they would respond to the case made against them during revocation proceedings. Now anti-patent advocates are preparing to file a revocation order with South Africa's patent authorities.

"They turned down our very generous offer for them to voluntarily surrender their patents," says University of South Africa senior lecturer, Bob Jolliffe, who has lead the challenge against the patent. "They are now waiting to see what happens."

Jolliffe is currently preparing a submission that he says will be ready to file within two to three weeks.

"My biggest concern is making sure that we get our submission very tightly put together," says Jolliffe.

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