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The use of patent grant in Free/Open Source Licenses such as Apache Software License Version 2.0, Common Development and Distribution License Version 1.0, soon GNU Public License Version 3 and patent covenants for standards/specifications are good, it provides assurances along with a pragmatic short solution to the software patent problem until patent reform happens.

Software patents damages the economy, competition and innovation, there are many examples of this.

The world's largest patent holder has granted patents for Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) but if any FOSS project that does use patents not granted by world's largest holder, the FOSS project may be subject to patent lawsuit. The world's largest patent holder does assert its patents.

The efforts of Patent Commons and Open Invention Network are merely attempts to legitimise software patents and the so called Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

It should be noted that the world's largest patent holder also lobbies for software patents in Europe.

I also believe the world's largest patent holder strategy is to limit areas of development among FOSS projects.

I have huge concerns about the world's largest patent holder.

Posted by Haren Visavadia on May 31, 2007 at 06:18 AM PDT #

There is an implementation for OOXML in Java. Looks pretty good - Check this out - http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2007/06/01/open-xml-java-library.aspx

Posted by James T. Kirk on June 03, 2007 at 06:34 PM PDT #

"Implementation" is a bit of a stretch, Mr Astroturfer. According to their download page the project is still pre-alpha. Cool stuff eventually for those who want to use XML document formats for data purposes, but I'll be very interested indeed to see if document fidelity is one of the project's achievements, given the number of unspecified legacy elements in the OOXML specification.

Posted by Simon Phipps on June 03, 2007 at 06:43 PM PDT #

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