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    Default Microsoft Word may not be legal to use?

    http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2...ringement.html

    As above, its extracted from CBC News. If Microsoft lose lawsuit, are we then using a perceived pirated software in its early versions?

    So why are software engineers paid big bugs to do such?

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    Default Re: Microsoft Word may not be legal to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    So why are software engineers paid big bugs to do such?
    nothing to do with the big bucks.

    everything to do with the modern trend of a lack of work pride.

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    vince123123
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    Some of the comments in that thread is really hillarious; especially when they are clearly not backed by law. Then again, maybe US laws are so weird they are actually true!

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    The US patent system is a weird thing to begin with... In my job industry, there was a company who patented the word 'edge', and threatened to sue countless companies (even Marvel!) who tried to use that word in their titles. He never won any law suits of course, but that's also because most companies chose to change their titles because of the patent.

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    vince123123
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    You cannot patent a word; you probably mean trade mark. And I don't see anything wrong with trademarking the word "Edge" any more than it is weird trademarking the word "crocodile".

    Quote Originally Posted by lypklypk View Post
    The US patent system is a weird thing to begin with... In my job industry, there was a company who patented the word 'edge', and threatened to sue countless companies (even Marvel!) who tried to use that word in their titles. He never won any law suits of course, but that's also because most companies chose to change their titles because of the patent.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Word may not be legal to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    You cannot patent a word; you probably mean trade mark. And I don't see anything wrong with trademarking the word "Edge" any more than it is weird trademarking the word "crocodile".
    Apparently someone did... because of the name of his company...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDGE_Games

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    vince123123
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    As I said, the correct term is trade mark, not patent. Your wikipedia reference mentions trade marks, not patent. They are very different things.

    Quote Originally Posted by lypklypk View Post
    Apparently someone did... because of the name of his company...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDGE_Games

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    wah lan!!! if no word, then how to do this???


    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...14#post5272514
    Objection !!!

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    vince123123
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    I relaly didn't understand the joke in that thread leh :P
    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    wah lan!!! if no word, then how to do this???


    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...14#post5272514

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    Default Re: Microsoft Word may not be legal to use?

    Both sides are wrong, but mostly the company holding the patent and of course, the courts in eastern Texas.

    The U.S. Patent Office often approves patents which have zero (proven) applications and that are too general to fix a reasonable purpose. The Canadian company seems to be a patent troll and eastern Texas courts get plenty of them because they rule in favour of them often.

    If there was something serious in the patent, a lot of current software would be in trouble, not just MS Word.

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