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Microsoft Loses i4i Patent Lawsuit

June 10th, 2011 Posted in News

The recent ruling concerning technology firm i4i and its legal case against Microsoft proves that science can be far more convincing than a solid defense. After a lengthy case, i4i was able to prove that Microsoft Word infringed on its copyrights. The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2007 made its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. The popular word processing software Microsoft Word uses Extensible Markup Language, which i4i says that it has patented. Microsoft does not deny that i4i might have created the technology, but the company also believes that it had the right to develop the Word Suite while utilizing XML.

Other companies such as Facebook backed Microsoft. The idea that patents can prevent companies from innovating new technologies was Microsoft’s main area of contention. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of i4i. As a result, Microsoft will pay i4i a staggering $290 million settlement.

Although i4i is a small firm based out of Canada, it was able to come up with a good enough offense to beat Microsoft in court. Technology experts believe that the i4i case will be beneficial to independent developers and small businesses that want to protect their copyrights. Understandably, Microsoft is not happy with the ruling. Some believe that Microsoft even tried to get members of the US government to sponsor new copyright laws in order to beat the i4i case. The owners of i4i made a public statement expressing their happiness with the outcome of the case.

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