Microsoft Penalized $200M for Word XML Patent

A Texas federal jury has ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million to Canadian software firm i4i Ltd for patent infringement, according to Reuters.

i4i originally sued Microsoft in 2007 for infringing upon one of its patents related to the manipulation of documents, landing the world’s largest software maker in trouble for its Word 2003 and Word 2007 products.

CXO Today reported that i4i had accused Microsoft violating a patent centered around XML, which is used in recent versions of Word.

Microsoft believes that that patent is invalid, and is looking to appeal the decision.

"The evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid," a Microsoft spokesman said. "We believe this award of damages is legally and factually unsupported, so we will ask the court to overturn the verdict."

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  • dman3k
    if only I patented the alphabets...
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  • jecht
    Lol I like how the company is name "i4i", as in, we're gonna get you back, eye for an eye, for stealing!

    Even if it isn't, it sounds like the worst-disguised patent troll company ever.
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  • dman3k
    if only I patented the alphabets...
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  • jecht
    Lol I like how the company is name "i4i", as in, we're gonna get you back, eye for an eye, for stealing!

    Even if it isn't, it sounds like the worst-disguised patent troll company ever.
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  • tenor77
    So wait, is it their use of XML which is open source or how they are using it that this is based off of. Either way this seems like a patent troll.
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