p2pnet news view | Products:- Following a lawsuit launched by a Canadian company founded in 1993 by Michel Vulpe, Microsoft has been ordered to stop to stop selling Word, one of its oldest applications.
The Toronto company, ironically named i4i, won the “permanent injunction” and damages and interest totalling more than $290 million, says McKool Smith, the company’s US lawyers.
Microsoft infringed i4i patent US Patent No. 5,787,499 issued in 1998 to cover software designed to manipulate “document architecture and content,” says a statement, going on:
“The software covered by the patent removed the need for individual, manually embedded command codes to control text formatting in electronic documents.”
Judge Leonard Davis, “ruled that Microsoft should pay i4i an additional $40 million for its willful infringement of the i4i patent,” says the law firm, stating:
“Microsoft also was ordered to pay slightly more than $37 million in prejudgment interest, including an additional $21,102 per day until a final judgment is reached in the case. The court also ordered Microsoft to pay $144,060 per day until the date of final judgment for post-verdict damages. Today’s permanent injunction 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.”
Microsoft has been told to comply with the injunction within 60 days.
McKool Smith – Judge Upholds Verdict, Enhances Damages, Issues Permanent Injunction Against Microsoft in Patent Infringement Lawsuit, August 11, 2009
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