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May 20, 2009

i4i Inc. wins verdict against Microsoft

Microsoft to pay $200m for patent infringement

By CBR Staff Writer

McKool Smith announced a $200m patent infringement verdict against Microsoft in favour of i4i Inc. The complete verdict amount also included awards for lost profits and royalties.It was noticed that Microsoft infringed an i4i patent, issued in 1998, covering a document formatting system. McKool Smith attorneys debated that Microsoft infringed an i4i patent that deals with the software designed to manipulate document architecture and content. That software eliminated the need for any individual, manually embedded command codes to control text formatting in electronic documents.Microsoft was accused of deploying this technology in its Word 2003 and Word 2007 operating systems.Karen Heater, president of i4i, said: The jury heard extensive testimony, extensive evidence and they concluded as we expected they would that Microsoft indeed infringed.”David Bowermaster, a Microsoft spokesman, said: We are disappointed by the jury’s verdict. We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid. We believe this award of damages is legally and factually unsupported, so we will ask the court to overturn the verdict.

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