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    "Patent Pending?" iA's Militant Stance on Syntax Control in Writer Pro [UPDATED]

    12/26/13 - See update and postscript at the end of this article regarding iA's statement that it will abandon its patent applications. Also, please see The Verge's writeup on Writer Pro if you'd like an introduction to the software and the Syntax Control feature.

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    "Patent Pending?" iA's Militant Stance on Syntax Control in Writer Pro [UPDATED]

    Oliver Reichenstein, one of iA’s principals (he appears in the Writer Pro video posted to The Verge) has made some cryptic and vaguely threatening statements to developers about Writer Pro’s new Syntax Control feature:


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    "Patent Pending?" iA's Militant Stance on Syntax Control in Writer Pro [UPDATED]

    iA also uses the (TM) symbol when mentioning Syntax Control on the Writer Pro website. And in a recent blog post, Mr. Reichenstein included a short blurb on Syntax Control, saying:

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    "Patent Pending?" iA's Militant Stance on Syntax Control in Writer Pro [UPDATED]

    This has miffed other writing app developers like The Soulmen, makers of Ulysses III and Daedalus Touch.


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    "Patent Pending?" iA's Militant Stance on Syntax Control in Writer Pro [UPDATED]

    So, does iA actually have the exclusive right to the idea of Syntax Control, putting unsuspecting future developers on a collision course with iA? It appears the answer is no. What’s more, iA’s claims of beating everyone to the punch appear to be disingenuous at best.

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