Microsoft seeks stay in Word patent dispute

Microsoft has filed an emergency motion to stay last week's ruling ordering the company to stop selling Word in the United States.

The injunction, issued by East Texas U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis, followed findings by a jury in May that Microsoft had willfully violated a patent owned by the Canadian software firm i4i relating to custom XML. Microsoft has 60 days to comply.

Davis also ordered Microsoft to pay i4i $200 million for the patent infringement plus another $40 million for the extra finding of it being willful.

According to the court's online docket for the case, the emergency motion asked for both a stay against the injunction and a "waive of bond requirement," but because the motion has been sealed by the court, no other details are available.

The court docket does not indicate when the motion may be heard or ruled on.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Aug 19, 2009 Esteban Grozny Tucson, AZ

It's also unbelievable that the patent office can issue a patent on the use of XML code, something that's been in the 'public domain' for years. I'm OS agnostic but this is nothing more than a bunch of legal trolls hood-winking some dumb patent examiner into thinking that an algorithm (that's all that IT technology is) is new technology. At best it might be copyright infringement NOT patent infringement. P.S.: I'm copyrigthing this post so that no one else can use any of the words in it! EstebanGrozny Copyright 18-Aug-2009!

Wed, Aug 19, 2009

It's unbelievable that a company who steals someone else's technology, gets caught, is found guilty, is ordered to return the technology and pay for losses then has the gall to ask another court if they can simply get a way with it. It's time for Microsoft to pay the fiddler.

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