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Microsoft has been accused of infringing patents owned by another company, i4i. The legal dispute centres around the way Microsoft Word handles certain kinds of documents.
i4i, based in Toronto, Canada, claimed that Microsoft “willingly violated” a patent granted in 1998 concerning methods for reading XML, a kind of programming language. XML allows users to customise the format of word-processing documents, enabling them to be read by various word-processing programs. Microsoft Word’s ability to read and write XML documents is a crucial feature of the popular software.
Judge Leonard Davis, of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that Microsoft had infringed i4i’s patent, and ordered the software giant to pay $290 million in damages. This included $40 million for the wilful infringement of the patent, $37 million in pre-judgement interest, and a further $21,102 per day until a final judgement is reached.
He also granted an injunction banning Microsoft from selling Microsoft Word in the United States, or importing the software in to the country. The ruling covers all Microsoft Word products that can open XML files or DOCX and DOCM documents. Microsoft has been given 60 days to comply with the injunction.
Microsoft said it would appeal against the verdict. “We are disappointed by the court’s ruling,” said Kevin Kutz, a spokesman for the software giant. “We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid.”
Bad enough most technology patent and copyright law is a crock of extinct dromedary dung. This sort of predictable decision from the Eastern District of Texas calls to question all the rants about “activist judges” that replaces masturbation among religious Republicans.
This district is chosen because it is presumed to rule against coastal corporations – and for the most absurd copyright sectarians. They have done so once again.
Please, someone convince technology gremlins to go back to trying to develop worthwhile products – and let the judges return to golf and fishing.