August 12, 2009

Microsoft Hit With $40 Million in Punitive Damages for Patent Infringement

U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas has entered judgment against Microsoft for $200 million in compensatory damages and $40 million in punitive damages, based on Microsoft's willful infringement of a patent owned by i4i Limited Partnership. Judge Davis has also ordered Microsoft to stop selling any version of Microsoft Word that is capable of opening an XML file. In other words, Microsoft can no longer sell Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Word 2007.

Hat tip: Patently-O.