The company filed patent applications in New Zealand and the European Union that cover word processing documents stored in the XML (Extensible Markup Language) format. The proposed patent would cover methods for an application other than the original word processor to access data in the document. The U.S. Patent Office had no record of a similar application.
January 24, 2004
Microsoft seeks XML-related patents
Microsoft has applied for patents that could prevent competing applications from processing documents created with the latest version of the software giant's Office program.