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Court to review patent judgment against Microsoft

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 5:05am
The Associated Press

The Supreme Court will review a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp. for infringing on a Canadian technology company's patent.

The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from the Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.

Toronto-based i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the technology behind a tool used in Microsoft Word. The technology in question gives Word users an improved way to edit XML, which is computer code that tells the program how to interpret and display a document's contents.

The lower courts say Microsoft willfully infringed on the patent, and ordered Microsoft to pay i4i $290 million and stop selling versions of Word containing the infringing technology.

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