Uniloc Appeals Decision in Microsoft Patent Litigation, Claiming Bias

Lora Bentley

The company whose $388 million patent infringement damages award against Microsoft was vacated by a federal judge has appealed, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. A jury had previously found that Microsoft illegally used Uniloc's technology in Windows XP and in Office.


A company statement reads, in part:


"We are disappointed by the decision the trial judge has made to overturn the jury's unanimous verdict...Since the patent status remains unchanged, Uniloc will continue to protect its intellectual property and appeal the judge's decision ...to the US Court of Appeals."

The INQUIRER reports that company founder Ric Richardson believes the trial judge may have been biased against Uniloc because he employed an intern who had connections with Microsoft to help sort through the evidence. However, when Uniloc first requested a new judge, the appeals court denied the request because the intern did not have a financial interest in the case's outcome.


The story isn't clear whether the intern's "connections" with the software juggernaut were in the past, or whether they are ongoing, or even what the nature of those connections were, but I still have to wonder how even the intern's presence wasn't a conflict of interest.

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