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Permanent Injunction

Jim Ruttler, Patent Attorney

Posted Monday, January 11, 2010 by Jim Ruttler

As of today Microsoft Corp. must stop selling any version of Microsoft Word 2007 or Microsoft Office 2007 that includes a custom XML editor found to infringe a patent held by Toronto, Canada based i4i Incorporation. Versions of the software sold prior to the effective injunction date (January 11, 2010) are not affected by the ruling. i4i Inc. filed the patent infringement lawsuit in 2007. In August, a judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction and ordered Microsoft to pay $290 million to i4i Inc. The injunction was stayed pending an appeal by Microsoft Corp., but on December 22, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the permanent injunction and monetary award. In its ruling, the court said: “In this case, a small company was practicing its patent, only to suffer a loss of market share, brand recognition and customer goodwill as the result of the defendant’s infringing acts.”

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