Microsoft lawsuit: US court confirms patent infringement in Word
In the United States Microsoft's text processing program Word will not be sold in its current state anymore. A US court confirmed the original judgment according to which Microsoft violates a patent with XML capable Word.
Some time ago the XML specialist i4i filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and won at first instance. Accordingly Microsoft had illegally made use of the US patent (number 5787449) in the XML capable Word versions. The patent describes a method that allows the separate editing of the structure and the content of a document. Now a court of appeal confirmed the judgment. Microsoft may not sell any Word version after January 10, 2010 that violates the mentioned patent. Furthermore the company had been fined for 290 million USD.
Microsoft already announced to adjust Word until the end of the deadline. Thus the software maker could prevent a sale stop of the program.
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