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Microsoft Loses $290 Million in Patent Battle Fail

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 7 comments

Microsoft pays for old version of Word's XML.

The Supreme Court decided that Microsoft would have to pay the $290 million charge that a jury deemed suitable for a patent infringement against Toronto-based software company i4i.

A jury verdict already awarded over $200 million to i4i over Microsoft's infringement of an XML technology that the software giant used in its previous versions of Microsoft Word.

Microsoft has appealed the decision up the legal system, but now the word from the Supreme Court means that i4i can finally celebrate.

Michel Vulpe, i4i's founder and chief technology officer, commented on the Court's unanimous decision, "We're very pleased that the court did the right thing."

Loudon Owen, i4i's chairman, said in a statement, "This is one of the most significant business cases the court has decided in decades."

Microsoft actually pushed for the courts for a new standard in patent matters. According to Reuters, the Congress-accepted standard is that the defendant in a patent infringement case must "prove by clear and convincing evidence that a plaintiff's patent is invalid." Microsoft, on the other hand, wanted a "lower standard of proof involving a 'preponderance of the evidence' would make some 'bad' patents easier to invalidate while promoting innovation and competition."

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    lucky015 , 12 June 2011 05:51
    Not really sure if Microsoft winning or losing this case would have been better or or worse, Good on i4i for taking on Microsoft and winning but it's just making the Idiotic U.S Patent system even stronger.
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    may1 , 12 June 2011 06:25
    Mr Ballmer needs Lynx to stop his premature perspiration.
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    Lewis57 , 12 June 2011 07:52
    Not usually a grammar freak but protip, it should be "Microsoft Loses $290 Million in Patent Battle Failure". The whole 'fail' meme is the only grammar related thing that annoys me.
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    Anonymous , 12 June 2011 08:41
    its cut of in the personalisation of the article. failure sounds formal, fail sounds like something youl find as a picture slogan for hilarious accidents/mistakes(the more interesting one).

    so you might think about grammar, but what about the quality the writer himself is giving to the page?
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    Silmarunya , 12 June 2011 15:52
    Normally I hate patent trolling, but from what I read about this case, the patent really was infringed upon. That they quietly removed the XML module from 2010 and replaced it with their own is in itself a silent admission of fault...
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    ik242 , 12 June 2011 23:47
    what a name - i4i
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    aje21 , 13 June 2011 21:25
    ik242what a name - i4i

    Perhaps "tooth4tooth" didn't look right!