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Canadian i4i says it will win patent case against Microsoft

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 04 Sep 2009 21:19 User comments (2)

Canadian i4i says it will win patent case against Microsoft Toronto-based i4i has responded to U.S. Court of Appeals ruling granting a stay of an injunction on sales of some Microsoft Office products. The company sued Microsoft for infringing a 1998 XML patent that it holds, in Word 2003 and Word 2007. Last month, a U.S. District court ordered Microsoft to pay $290 million to i4i and issued an injunction that would ban the sale of the Word versions involved.
Microsoft went on to request a stay of the injunction pending an appeal of the original judgment, which was granted. The case is set to be heard on September 23. "Microsoft's scare tactics about the consequences of the injunction cannot shield it from the imminent review of the case by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal on the September 23 appeal," i4i chairman Loudon Owen said.

He added: "i4i is confident that the Final Judgment in favor of i4i, which included a finding of willful patent infringement by Microsoft and an injunction against Microsoft Word, was the correct decision and that i4i will prevail on the appeal." Microsoft claims Office accounts for over $3 billion in sales per year.

"To paraphrase the great heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, 'They can run, but they can't hide.' Microsoft's time will eventually run out," Owen said.

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2 user comments

14.9.2009 21:44

Quote:
i4i is confident that the Final Judgment in favor of i4i...
Runaway Jury anyone?

25.9.2009 18:00

i just wanna know why it took so long to file the lawesuit, word 03 has been out for a while

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