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Microsoft loses Supreme Court case on Canadian patent ($290M)
Reuters ^ | 6/9/11

Posted on 06/09/2011 12:42:12 PM PDT by markomalley

Microsoft Corp suffered a defeat on Thursday when the Supreme Court upheld a record $290 million jury verdict against the software giant for infringing a small Canadian company's patent.

The justices unanimously agreed with a U.S. appeals court ruling that went against the world's largest software company in its legal battle with Toronto-based i4i.

The high court refused to adopt Microsoft's lower standard to replace the long-standing requirement that a defendant in a patent infringement case prove by clear and convincing evidence that a plaintiff's patent is invalid.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft had argued that a lower standard of proof involving a "preponderance of the evidence" would make some "bad" patents easier to invalidate while promoting innovation and competition.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News
KEYWORDS: i4i; microsoft; patents; scotus; softwarepatents
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To: Wuli

No problem. I don’t foresee ever being there. Just another of life’s many mysteries...


51 posted on 06/09/2011 5:25:56 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 868 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: kingu

I think you have that backwards


52 posted on 06/10/2011 1:57:38 AM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: null and void

I agree with you. Patents are to protect innovation. The sysyem in the US though does not do a good job of it. Legal cost to defend a patent render many patents useless to the holder


53 posted on 06/10/2011 2:00:48 AM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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