Thursday, August 13, 2009

Microsoft served Injunction over Word

Microsoft is served with an injunction and asked to stop sales of Word 2003 and Word 2007 in USA over a patent held by a Canadian company. A U.S. district court in Texas issued a permanent injunction which bars Microsoft from selling Word because it violates a patent held by i4i Incorporation. The court found Microsoft had infringed on the patent for its software that manipulates "document architecture and content."

I4i, a Toronto-based software producer, has been battling Microsoft over a patent related to Extensible Markup Language (XML). XML is a key software component of many websites as well as Word and other programs.

The judge also awarded the Canadian company damages of about USD290 million.

Microsoft, in a statement, said it would appeal the verdict. It must appeal within 60 days of the judgment.

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