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> The patent stops me producing my own product that steals their ideas,
> but it doesn't stop me using their product in any way I choose.
Once the the patent moves from physical apparatus to methods or process,
or computer program, it becomes murky. What, exactly, is the product?
What is use?
At any rate, I believe Microsoft is doing the right thing and being
consistent, and that they really intended to release those files as RF,
for the purpose of reading/writing files to interoperate with office.
Rich Salz Chief Security Architect
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