Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 6:55am PDT | Modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 6:59am Judge fines Microsoft, stops Word sales
San Francisco Business Times
A judge in Texas has stopped Microsoft Corp. from selling copies of its Word software that can open files containing XML because of patent infringement.
The software giant has incorporated XML features into Word since 2003. But Toronto business i4i Ltd. sued in 2007, saying Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) infringed one of its 1998 patents. In May, Microsoft was fined some $200 million for patent infringement.
A new order from a Texas federal judge on Tuesday has stopped sales of Microsoft Word in the United States until a final judgment is reached.
Microsoft will have to pay more fines, too, until that final decision. In total, the fines add up to around $290 million.
News reports suggest Microsoft will likely appeal the decision. Judge fines Microsoft, stops Word sales - San Francisco Business Times: