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Microsoft forced to withdraw XML-related patent application

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Persistent opposition by the New Zealand Open Source Society to an XML-related patent application filed by Microsoft in the country has resulted in the software giant withdrawing the same.

The withdrawal was effected on June 15, according to a statement by the NZOSS. The patent application was titled "word-processing document stored in a single XML file that may be manipulated by applications that understand XML"

NZOSS was informed of the withdrawal b y the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

Microsoft filed applications for two patents related to the use of XML in document processing in 2003. The NZOSS filed an objection to the first in 2005.

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