Thursday, August 13, 2009

Microsoft to pay US$290m

SEATTLE - A FEDERAL judge in Texas has ordered Microsoft Corp to stop selling some versions of its Word software in the US within two months.

US District Court Judge Leonard Davis was reaffirming his court's May decision, which found Microsoft's widely used word processing programme infringes on a Canadian technology company's patent.

The dispute is over the way Word 2003 and Word 2007 encode and display information.

The judge makes exceptions for versions of Word that remove certain custom code before opening a file, leaving the door open for Microsoft to come up with a technical workaround to the injunction.

The judge also has ordered Microsoft to pay US$290 million (S$418 million) to Toronto-based i4i LLP.

Microsoft says it will appeal. -- AFP

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