Judge: Microsoft Can't Sell Word in the U.S.

The verdict comes a few months after Microsoft was ordered to pay Toronto-based i4i $200 million for infringing upon a patent awarded to the company in 1998. U.S. Patent No. 5,787,499 covers software designed to manipulate "document architecture and content." Attorneys at McKool Smith, the firm representing i4i, explained that the software covered by the patent removed the need for individual, manually embedded command codes to control text formatting in electronic documents.

McKool Smith yesterday announced that Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, had ordered a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML."

Judge Davis also enhanced the damages awarded in May, tacking on an additional $40 million for willful infringement, $37 million in prejudgment interest, including an additional $21,102 per day until a final judgment is reached in the case and $144,060 per day until the date of final judgment for post-verdict damages.

Microsoft has 60 days to comply with the ruling, and the Redmond-based company has already said it will appeal the verdict.

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  • jsloan
    wow, we have one f*cked up patent system...
  • TidalWaveOne
  • hellwig
    Jerky_sanI dunno about that.. I've read Microsoft and Linux distros infringe on each other and Unix.. But its like the cold war.. 1 fires their missiles everyone on every side will launch theirs so they have a stand still and just infringe their marry ways..

    The only problem here is i4i is probably a patent black-hole. Meaning all they do is collect patents without creating a meaningful product. Therefore, they fired their missiles, but Microsoft has nothing to fire back at. Patents should be invalidated if the owner makes no attempt to market or license the patent. Waiting till someone infringes and suing them is a total B.S. way of running a business.
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  • jediagh
    So the priates of Xerox finally get caught?
  • scook9
    Suckage. Glad I already own a couple copies...

    this is why you have to do your homework MS.....