Summary: Microsoft wanted software patents and it got them… penalised time after time
A TEXAS JURY has ordered Microsoft to cough up $200 million to Canadian collaborative content firm, i4i, for infringing on its patents.
Microsoft has been ordered to pay at least $200m to i4i, a Canadian software firm for infringing patents in the way that Microsoft Word handles documents.
A jury in the US state of Texas ordered US computer software giant Microsoft on Wednesday to pay 200 million dollars to a Canadian company for patent infringement.
This news is pretty major, so it’s all over the place.
- Microsoft Hit With Patent Infringement
- Microsoft Must Pay $200M in Patent Case
- Microsoft Slapped With $200 Million Patent Ruling
- Microsoft on the hook for $200M in patent infringement case
- Microsoft ordered to pay US$200-million in patent trial
- Jury tells Microsoft to pay $200M in patent fight
- Microsoft ordered to pay $200 million in patent case
What is the take-home message? Well, it comes to show that Microsoft is holding a two-edged sword that may sooner or later have it regret the patent strategy against its #1 threat, Free software.
With U.S. Patent 7,536,726, Microsoft has been granted a patent with which they hope to make a successful business model out of a potentially severely restricted operating system.
Some time ago we wrote about a patent lawsuit which targeted the Linux-powered Kindle. The latest news, as of yesterday, is that Amazon retaliates in defence.
Amazon lobbies a salvo back at Discovery Communications in response to the cable network’s patent infringement lawsuit over the Kindle.
This may be a little interesting because Linux runs the device which is attacked for being “electronic book with DRM”. █
“The current “patent thicket,” in which anyone who writes a successful software programme is sued for alleged patent infringement, highlights the current IP system’s failure to encourage innovation” —Pr Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Laureate in Economics), IP-Watch