Andy Updegrove writes about the XML patents
owned by Microsoft and i4i. "As always, we come back to the usual elephant in the software bedroom. Do patents really do any good, or only harm in the marketplace? They didn't help little i4i much. Microsoft apparently destroyed its business despite it's patent application, and i4i hasn't received a dime yet. Would i4i have launched its business around its technology even if it hadn't been able to get a patent? Of course it would have. Another new software company (if not more) makes a similar decision every day. Always has, and always will.
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