Vote buying and software patents

The pace seems to have gone up a few notches. MS is going around different national bodies to “lobby” them to switch to yes at the upcoming BRM. I can tell you one thing: MS will not properly support their own dog food aka ooxml, but they want it to be approved at the ISO level. MS has the game planned out. Let ooxml become an ISO standard, then continue to make things difficult for developers to do a proper implementations, manipulate even more national bodies and governments to require that this broken specification be a requirement for tenders.

While all that is happening, check out the patents filed by MS with regard to this:

US20060271574A1 Exposing embedded data in a computer-generated document
US20060259854A1 Structuring an electronic document for efficient identification and use of document parts
US20060206794A1 Method and apparatus for maintaining relationships between parts in a package
US20060190815A1 Structuring data for word processing documents
US20060149785A1 Method and Apparatus for Maintaining Relationships Between Parts in a Package
US20060149758A1 Method and Apparatus for Maintaining Relationships Between Parts in a Package
US20060143459A1 Method and system for managing personally identifiable information and sensitive information in an application-independent manner
US20060143195A1 Method and Apparatus for Maintaining Relationships Between Parts in a Package
US20060136816A1 File formats, methods, and computer program products for representing documents
US20060136812A1 Method and system for linking data ranges of a computer-generated document with associated extensible markup language elements
US20060136553A1 Method and system for exposing nested data in a computer-generated document in a transparent manner
US20060136477A1 Management and use of data in a computer-generated document
US20060136432A1 Method and system for controlling software to facilitate cross-version collaboration of files
US20060107225A1 Method and computer-readable medium for interacting with a portion of an electronic document
US20050278272A1 Method and apparatus for maintaining relationships between parts in a package
US20050268221A1 Modular document format
US20050149861A1 Context-free document portions with alternate formats
US20050125720A1 Programmable object model for namespace or schema library support in a software application

What gives?

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