Court hears arguments in Microsoft patent case
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to uphold a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp., which lower courts say infringed on a Canadian technology company's patent with a tool used in Microsoft Word.
An eight-justice court on Monday heard arguments from the Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, which wants the multimillion dollar judgment against it erased.
Toronto-based i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the technology behind a tool used in Microsoft Word. The lower courts say Microsoft willfully infringed on the patent, and ordered the world's largest software maker to pay i4i $290 million and stop selling versions of Word containing the infringing technology.
Chief Justice John Roberts did not participate. He owned more than $100,000 in Microsoft stock in 2009.
The court will rule later this year.