Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Developer Plans To Sue Microsoft Customers

from the the-SCO-legal-strategy dept

A developer of Microsoft applications in Australia is claiming that the latest release of Microsoft Office violates patents that he has applied for, and warns that anyone buying the software may be opening themselves up to being sued by him. Of course (as Microsoft points out) the guy hasn't actually received any patents yet, so he might want to wait until it's actually been determined that the "intellectual property" is his. At the same time, Microsoft says there's pretty clear prior art, so they're not worried. Finally, if this really is a patent violation, why threaten to sue the customers instead of focusing on Microsoft?

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    Mr. Fazookus, 28 Oct 2003 @ 2:30pm

    Re: His strategy

    Which brings us back to SCO ;-)

    I think Linus said it best (more or less) "SCO is playing the American legal system like a lottery". Maybe it'll work elsewhere.

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