quote: But I wouldn't be so quick to assume the judge's motives. It is not his place to judge the law , only the people accused of breaking it. It is his job to enforce the law to the letter wether he agrees with it or not.
quote: And as much as I love Texas, I don't believe a state judge can bar Microsoft from selling Word in the entire US.
quote: We could certainly blame the Patent Office, which issued the thing. But once a patent is issued, it is presumed valid, and Microsoft bore the burden of proving its invalidity.
quote: In my experience, the Patent Office tries to do a good job of allowing/disallowing claims, but examiner quality varies
quote: the revelation that there are email threads from MS demonstrating that they knew about the patent in advance and knew they would be in violation of it are pretty damning.