Judge Orders Microsoft to Stop Selling Word

Susan Hall

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.


A Microsoft spokesman told seattlepi.com that the company plans to appeal and All Things Digital speculates that odds are pretty good that the ruling will be overturned.

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Aug 12, 2009 2:52 AM Harold Harold  says:

Is this the same judge who issued an order last May ordering the earth to stop spinning because he said that the spinning made him dizzy?

Anybody know?


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