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Appeals court upholds decision against Microsoft

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Mar 2010 3:17 User comments (9)

Appeals court upholds decision against Microsoft

The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals has upheld the jury verdict against Microsoft in its patent case with small company i4i, over the customizable XML used in Microsoft's extremely popular Word processor.
With the ruling upheld, Microsoft must pay i4i $240 million USD, as well as continue to sell Word 2003 and 2007 stripped of certain custom XML features.

"A reasonable jury could have concluded that Microsoft 'willfully' infringed the '449 patent based on the evidence presented at trial,"
wrote the judges in the new ruling. "Similarly, there is no evidence Microsoft ever made a good faith effort to avoid infringement; internal emails show Microsoft intended to render i4i's product 'obsolete' and assure 'there won't be a need for [i4i's] product.'"

Evidence presented at the trial showed that Microsoft employees had been part of i4i demos and received sales kits that clearly identified the software as patented technology.



Of the decision, adds Loudon Owen, chairman of i4i: "From our perspective, there are only so many more avenues for appeal for them. It also resulted in an even more detailed and structured decision in our interest."

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9 user comments

114.3.2010 10:29

Refreshing to see a patent lawsuit where there is actually infringement.

214.3.2010 12:48

240M is still a slap on the wrist to M$. I think its sad that someone sharing files on their pc would be hit with a 200M+ judgment that they could never pay back and is clearly stomping all over their rights for sharing a handful of songs for free. Also there is no conclusive evidence that they made anyone lose money as the corporate fat cats are pulling numbers out of their ass. Now you take a huge corporation that has SOLD hundreds of millions of copies of software for substantial profit that infringes on the little guy's patents for YEARS AND YEARS and has clearly completely devalued their property but they get charged with what would amount to a drop in the bucket. Our justice system is far too corrupt. They make harsh judgments against average people that would ruin their lives and give the corporate fat cats a slap on the wrist for doing the exact same thing and actually PROFITING from it by a large margin. M$ didn't just rob i4i they raped them and then donkey punched them when they were done but their punishment will not fit their crimes.

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314.3.2010 15:27

I agree with the punishment did not fit the crime, MS previous sales will also not get affected from this ruling as they already made their $ off it. i4i may as well be dead, as even after winning, what's to do now? I doubt they'll partner up with MS, and if they did, MS would just look for reasons to get rid of em anyways.

414.3.2010 16:56

Poor Micro$oft

514.3.2010 21:46

M$ shouldn't appeal a slap on the wrist...like Intel's $1.2 Billion payment to AMD was almost nothing!

614.3.2010 22:41
llongtheD
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Anyone see a slight price increase on the next version of office coming? Everyone knows this cost will be passed right down to consumers.

719.3.2010 08:40

I am sure i4i can use 240 million. I do wish it was bigger or better yet send some of that loot my way!

819.3.2010 09:39

The judge should have based the award on number of copies sold multiplied by whatever $ 10, 20, 50 or 100.

M$ did it with impunity and must be made to suffer to the extreme.

92.4.2010 12:52

Originally posted by pmshah:
The judge should have based the award on number of copies sold multiplied by whatever $ 10, 20, 50 or 100.

M$ did it with impunity and must be made to suffer to the extreme.
Correct, that's what they would do to Joe small guy.

And I'm not a "Newbie", I've been a member since '05 ... I believe.

I just had an "account reset" due to an e-mail issue.
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