A lot has been made (including by me) about the suit Microsoft lost to i4i over a patent covering use of XML to create customized templates in Word. Opinions have largely fallen into two camps: those who, like me, believe that i4i is a legitimate software vendor that Microsoft jobbed out of its market by stealing its invention and then dominating the markets i4i could have occupied, and those, like Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols and Alexander Wolfe, who think i4i is a patent troll hoping for a windfall, and that its victory is yet another sign that our patent system needs reforming.
But there’s another way of looking at this, and that’s as a backhanded victory for Microsoft. Here are three ways Microsoft could win from losing:
To read more, please see How Microsoft Could Win By Losing on my Technology Insights blog at BNET.