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Microsoft plans to fight $200M patent court order

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Thu May 21, 2009

Microsoft loses $200M case

A Texas federal jury has ordered Microsoft Corp to pay out $200 million in damages to Toronto-based software maker i4i Limited for allegedly infringing a patent, the software giant announced on Wednesday. Microsoft, which is regularly at the receiving end of such lawsuits, went on to say it is planning on appealing the verdict, as it believes the award is unsupported by the evidence.

"The evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid," a Microsoft spokesman said.

The privately-owned i4i, which makes software for manipulating documents, filed its lawsuit in 2007 and claimed Microsoft infringed one of its patents in both its Word document editor as well as in Windows Vista. The patent in question is related to separately manipulating a document's content and architecture, both of which are basic elements of either program.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Well

    On one hand, i4i is an actual company (we've used their software previously in a past job).

    On the other hand, patenting the ability to change content or structure separately? Isn't that also what every HTML editor does?

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    testudo...

    you have a job? Who knew. I just figured you job and leisure activities involved expressing negativity towards others and their thoughts.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    appleuzr

    Isn't that a little hypocritical? I'm surprised your starbucks manager lets you spend so much time surfing at work.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: testudo

    I didn't say I had a job. I said a 'past job'. You should take back up English comprehension at some point.

    Now, back to the grindstone...

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Broken system

    The patent system, as applied to computer software, is broken. Software should be covered by copyright alone. The copyright should apply to the source code. Too many patent fights are over broad ways of performing tasks and are more like patenting business methods than inventions. IMO. As someone who has never patented anything. Or written a line of code.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Patent vs. Copyright

    Patents exist for ideas, copyright for implementation. Both are critical for ongoing development of all things, in all areas. Both can, of course, be abused -- which is the real problem being faced.

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Interesting...

    It's interesting how luckyday and testudo both found their way here to respond to my comment about a singular member. I think we're on to something here.

    Even though I don't work at starbucks, I wouldn't have taken that comment negatively even if I was a starbucks employee. They're actually a great company. I thought you might have a little more creativity up your sleeve testudo...i mean...luckyday.

    I'm sorry testudo, what I should have said was 'you've had a job?'. Is that better? I am so sorry I offended your superior wit. By the way i4i isn't an actual company, i4i, Inc. is though.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: interesting

    By the way i4i isn't an actual company, i4i, Inc. is though.

    Seriously? That's the best you got? Well, from now on, make sure you specify "Apple, Inc.", not just "Apple", because there is no company called just "Apple".

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