Microsoft ordered to pay $200 mln in patent case

May 20, 2009
A Microsoft booth at a technology fair. A jury in the US state of Texas ordered US computer software giant Microsoft on Wednesday to pay 200 million dollars to a Canadian company for patent infringement.

A jury in the US state of Texas ordered US computer software giant Microsoft on Wednesday to pay 200 million dollars to a Canadian company for patent infringement.

"We're very pleased," said Karen Heater, president of Toronto-based i4i, which had accused Microsoft of violating a patent held by her company in its Word processing programs.

"The jury heard extensive testimony, extensive evidence and they concluded -- as we expected they would -- that Microsoft indeed infringed," she told AFP. "It's been a long, drawn out process and we fell quite vindicated."

Microsoft said it planned to appeal the verdict handed down by the jury in a US District Court in Tyler, Texas.

"We are disappointed by the jury?s verdict," said David Bowermaster, a Microsoft spokesman.

"We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid," he said. "We believe this award of damages is legally and factually unsupported, so we will ask the court to overturn the verdict."

Microsoft was accused by i4i of infringing on its patents in its Word 2003 and Word 2007 programs.

A federal jury last month ordered to pay 388 million dollars to another company, Uniloc, for infringing on an anti-piracy held by the Singapore- and US-based firm.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Banjo's ability to track events in real time gives clients competitive edge

Related Stories

Microsoft ordered to pay $388 mln in patent case

Apr 09, 2009

A federal jury ordered US software giant Microsoft on Wednesday to pay 388 million dollars to Uniloc for infringing on an anti-piracy software patent held by the Singapore- and US-based company.

CSIRO wins transfer of US WLAN court case

Dec 18, 2006

A federal court in California has agreed with CSIRO that upcoming US WLAN patent cases brought against CSIRO should be heard in Texas by the same court that recently found in favour of CSIRO against Buffalo companies.

Court Denies Vonage Bid for Patent Case Retrial

May 04, 2007

A U.S. appeals court denies a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought against it by Verizon Communications.

Realnetworks beats infringement suit

Apr 17, 2006

Digital media services company RealNetworks Inc. announced Friday it has won a patent infringement suit brought against them by Ethos Technologies Inc.

Visto wins patent case, files against RIM

May 02, 2006

A Federal Court ruled Friday in favor of Visto Corporation that Seven Networks' mobile e-mail service had infringed on the company's system created several years back.

Recommended for you

Shyp reclassifies contract couriers as employees

1 hour ago

Shyp, the quickly growing startup that provides on-demand courier services, said Wednesday it would reclassify its contract workers as employees, becoming the latest high-profile tech company to change how it compensates ...

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

3 / 5 (2) May 21, 2009
What a pointless game: Microsoft steals. Someone with a lot of money attempts to recover. They get a favorable verdict. Microsoft appeals. More years drag by. In the meantime, all the little Microbots are earning a comfortable salary, and the people they've stolen from are that much poorer. How about putting a few smart asses in Redmond and Bellvue out of their expensive houses? How about some personal responsibility, instead of high-level games that allow individuals to make dishonest decisions?
1 / 5 (1) May 21, 2009
I have another solution: Order Microsoft to recall the software and stop selling until they have non-infringing product. Or alternatively make them pay say 25% of their profit from those infringing software to the patent owner.
not rated yet May 22, 2009
I agree with PPihkala that they should be told to halt the production and selling of the product untill a final verdict is reached

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.