An East Texas judge has ruled that Microsoft must stop selling Microsoft Word in the United States because of patent infringement, reports v3.co.uk.
Toronto-based i4i Inc. claims Microsoft willingly violated its 1998 patent (No. 5,787,449) on a method for reading XML.
In the lawsuit, the judge issued a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML." He also ordered Microsoft to pay $290 million in damages.