Wow. DailyTech is reporting that a federal judge in the Easterm District of Texas has forbidden Microsoft to sell Microsoft Word or versions of Microsoft Office that include Word until a final judgment has been reached in the patent infringement case brought against Microsoft by a software development firm in Toronto called i4i.
i4i developers hold Patent No. 5,787,449, issued in 1998, which covers "manipulating a document's content and architecture separately." In May, a U.S. District Court found that versions of Microsoft Word that can open .XML, .DOCX, or DOCM files containing XML infringe on i4i's patents and ordered the software giant to pay $200 million in royalties.
The injunction banning the sale of Word in the U.S. was handed down Tuesday, according to The Register. Judge Leonard Davis also slapped an additional $40 million fine on Microsoft because the infringement was willful, and ordered the company to pay $37 million in prejudgment interest.
Undoubtedly, Microsoft will appeal.