One of the interesting pieces of FUD floating around out there about Open XML is that there are IP issues with it and that is why countries should reconsider yes votes etc. etc. This is a factually wrong line of logic, and one that has been perpetuated throughout the process because most people a) don't have a law degree and b) don't want to take the time to think about - so it is easier to assume the worst.
Any required Microsoft patent rights are freely available to all developers and customers of Open XML in either open source software or proprietary software.
January 15, 2008