Microsoft wins patent case appeal, overturns $388M fine

By Jos
Sep 30, 2009
  1. A U.S. federal court has overthrown an earlier ruling in a long-running patent-infringement case that would have seen Microsoft pay $388 million in damages to Uniloc. The case dates back to 2003 and involves an anti-piracy solution that prevents the creation, distribution and use of unauthorized copies of software -- which Microsoft allegedly infringed with the activation methods it uses in products such as Windows and Office.

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  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    The power of money... and the ability to hire enough lawyers skilled in the inside outs of software design...
    But who is going to pay the Uniloc attorneys.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    When you have as much clout (money) as M$, doesn't it seem more cost effective to "eliminate the middle man" so to speak, and just buy the appeals Court?

    Although, I wonder how many more lawyers they'll be able to afford with the revenues from Windows 7. Scary thought, no?
  4. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 828   +17

    I laugh when I read that, then got a little scared....
  5. How much did Microsoft pay the judge ?
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