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November 26, 2006

Microsoft Office in Korean patent trouble

Posted by David Hunter at 9:11 PM ET.

Kim Tae-gyu at The Korea Times:

Microsoft, the world’s top software maker, may have to stop selling its flagship “Office” suite program in Korea temporarily due to patent infringement, according to a local technology transfer agent.

P&IB yesterday said a recent court decision on its patent disputes with Microsoft Korea will eventually force the software powerhouse to exclude the technologies in question from its office package.

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of Korea acknowledged that the patents are effective for technologies of automatically switching the input mode between Korean and English.

“Microsoft adapted our technologies to its Office package without dealing with Prof. Lee and it claimed the patents were not effective in the court,” P&IB President Kim Kil-hae said.

“But the Supreme Court decided in favor of us on the patents issue. As a result, we will be able to win at the pending damages suit in the Seoul High Court,” Kim said.

In response, Microsoft lawyer Chung Jae-hoon was sure that the patents would be invalidated.

The plaintiffs are asking for $75 million compensation and Office might have to pulled until the technology in question is removed or Microsoft pays them off.

Filed under Microsoft, Office, Patent Lawsuits, Patents

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