Microsoft Saddled with $398 Million Judgment in Patent Case

Lora Bentley

Here's an interesting patent law tidbit: Reuters reported Wednesday that a federal jury in Rhode Island entered a $388 million judgment against Microsoft for infringing patents belonging to anti-piracy software vendor Uniloc.

 

Microsoft, of course, will ask the judge to overturn the verdict. A spokesperson told Reuters, "We believe that we do not infringe, that the patent is invalid and that this award of damages is legally and factually unsupported."

 

The patent in question covers software that prevents unauthorized use of software by "generating unique identities for licensed users," the story says. The award is reportedly one of the largest on record in a patent case.



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