More news on the Microsoft patent litigation front: InformationWeek reported Wednesday that a federal judge in Rhode Island has vacated a jury verdict that would have required Microsoft to pay $388 million in damages for patent infringement to a company based in Singapore. Not surprisingly, Microsoft representatives say the company is pleased.
Uniloc charged Microsoft with patent infringement in 2003, arguing that its technology was being used in Microsoft's Office products as well as in Windows. The damages award would have been the largest made in a patent case, had it stood.
The software juggernaut has not been a stranger to patent litigation. Earlier this month an appeals court threw out an award against Microsoft in a lawsuit brought by Alcatel-Lucent and ordered the lower court to recalculate damages. A hearing on Microsoft's appeal of a ruling that the XML capabilities in Word violate a patent held by Toronto-based i4i also was slated for this month. The patent at issue is U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449, which covers "manipulating a document's content and architecture separately."