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Full Article Attached Microsoft Patents Style Sheets and Butt Hinge

Thursday February 4th, 1999

Microsoft has received patents for "Style sheets for publishing system", and for "Butt hinge with integrally formed butt straps"..

It was mighty kind of Microsoft to get the input of the development community before taking everything for themselves. I guess that everyone should just feel glad that Microsoft let them participate at all.

Thank you, Microsoft!!!

For those of you who think that Microsoft couldn't possibly be referring to CSS, just click Full Article below to see their list of references.


#9 Re:Microsoft Patents Style Sheets and Butt Hinge

by A Zimmerman

Friday February 5th, 1999 2:16 PM

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I see one of three courses for MS at this point: 1. never enforce the patent unless somebody else figures out how to use style sheets with some new technology 2. MS creates proprietary extensions to Style Sheets and forbids everybody else from doing same 3. MS gives the patent to W3 after massive internet and press attention to the matter

I suppose we should have expected this. MS steals or buys everything, slaps their name on it, and then makes money off of idiots who think MS did all the work.

Still doesn't excuse the USPTO for all their crappy patent investigations, let alone discourage lawsuits to settle patent disagreements.

*sigh*