Microsoft yesterday was ordered by a federal judge to within 60 days stop shipping versions of Microsoft Word in the USA that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML, according to a statement released by attorneys for the plaintiff, i4i Inc. The plaintiff had won a judgment in May that Word’s XML features infringed on their patent No. 5,787,449 and ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million. Yesterday’s ruling added an additional $77 million in penalties and interest.
Microsoft’s response is that that they will appeal the verdict and that i4i’s patent is invalid. i4i is a small developer of a variety of XML related software.