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August 12, 2009

Microsoft slapped with patent injunction on US sales of Word

Posted by David Hunter at 6:17 PM ET.

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.

Filed under Microsoft, Patent Lawsuits, Patents

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  1. Microsoft loses i4i patent appeal, scrambles to remove offending Office code | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] has lost its appeal of the injunction in the i4i patent lawsuit that prohibited it from selling versions of Office (specifically Word) in the US that contain code [...]

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