Court orders Microsoft to stop selling Word
Tech giant found guilty of violating patent held by i4i related to custom XML technology
A judge in Texas has ordered Microsoft to stop selling its popular Word software in the United States after it was found guilty of violating a patent held by the Toronto-based technology firm i4i.
i4i sued Microsoft in March last year for violating their patent related to XML technology. Its claims were found to be justified when a court subsequently ordered Microsoft to pay i4i damages in excess of $290 million and called for a permanent injunction against Microsoft for ‘custom XML’ in Word 2003 and Word 2007, which will take effect sixty days from the August 11th ruling.
"We are very pleased with the terms of the Final Judgment. The financial award due to i4i is now over $290 million and a Permanent Injunction has also been issued against Microsoft," stated Michel Vulpe, founder of i4i and an inventor of the patent in question. "We feel vindicated with this result."
Terms of the injunction state that Microsoft should stop “selling, offering to sell, and/or importing in or into the United States any Infringing and Future Word Products that have the capability of opening a .XML, .DOCX, or .DOCM file("an XML file") containing custom XML.” This will also affect the upcoming Word 2010.
Few expect Microsoft to actually pull Word from shelves and would likely explore other options such as further legal appeals, entering into a partnership with i4i or removing the infringing technology from its products.