Court hears arguments in Microsoft patent case

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 9:05am
The Associated Press

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.


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