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Federal Court Enjoins Sale of Microsoft Word Pending Patent Case Resolution

Lora Bentley

Wow. DailyTech is reporting that a federal judge in the Easterm District of Texas has forbidden Microsoft to sell Microsoft Word or versions of Microsoft Office that include Word until a final judgment has been reached in the patent infringement case brought against Microsoft by a software development firm in Toronto called i4i.

 

i4i developers hold Patent No. 5,787,449, issued in 1998, which covers "manipulating a document's content and architecture separately." In May, a U.S. District Court found that versions of Microsoft Word that can open .XML, .DOCX, or DOCM files containing XML infringe on i4i's patents and ordered the software giant to pay $200 million in royalties.

 

The injunction banning the sale of Word in the U.S. was handed down Tuesday, according to The Register. Judge Leonard Davis also slapped an additional $40 million fine on Microsoft because the infringement was willful, and ordered the company to pay $37 million in prejudgment interest.

 

Undoubtedly, Microsoft will appeal.


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Aug 13, 2009 1:00 AM Marco Marco  says:

The suit and verdict are ridiculous. I just read the patent and cannot believe the verdict was as it was. My more detailed analysis: http://domusinc.blogspot.com/2009/08/judge-rules-that-microsoft-must-stop.html.

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