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US court refuses Microsoft appeal on i4i patent suit

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Thu April 1, 2010

MS may be forced to pay i4i after failed appeal

Microsoft in a US federal court today was denied an appeal against the $290 million verdict against it following i4i's patent lawsuit. The decision forces Microsoft to either pay the promised damages or else take its case to the Supreme Court. Representatives haven't said if the company plans to follow this route.

The ruling potentially brings to a close a process ongoing since August, when it was found by a Texas court to have violated i4i's patents on using custom XML. When the verdict was upheld in January, it forced Microsoft to make a rare change to its software and disable custom XML in Office. The time taken to roll out the alterations left the company temporarily pulling most Windows versions of Office from store shelves.

Most of Microsoft's past legal defeats have come in antitrust battles, where it has sometimes been found to have abused its dominance with Windows to influence choices in software.



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  1. testudo

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    Take it to the top!

    MS should see if they can get the supreme court to overrule the whole concept of software patents and get us off this damn train ride.

    Of course, knowing MS, they'd s**** it up and they'd end up making software patents even stronger.....

  1. Makosuke

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    h*** is getting a little cold

    As much as I despise Microsoft and its business practices, I've gotta side with them on this one--the entire concept of software patents is flawed and even if it weren't the US system as-is is completely broken. This is just a symptom, and I'd love to see MS take this to the highest court if it would weaken such patents and the associated lawsuits.

    Which are always in that particular district in Texas, of course--you think with how powerful corporations are in this country they'd have done something about what must be a pretty cracked set of judges there.

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