Microsoft loses patent case, gets $388 million fine

By on April 9, 2009, 9:28 AM
Microsoft was hit with a $388 million patent infringement fine yesterday, following a lengthy legal brawl that dates back to 2003 with security software vendor Uniloc. The patent in question was for an anti-piracy solution that prevents the creation, distribution and use of unauthorized copies of software which Microsoft allegedly infringed with its software activation methods.

The decision is a reversal of an earlier judgment in which the courts originally favored the software giant, with Uniloc appealing their losing verdict on the argument that a key expert witness used by Microsoft had a conflict of interest in giving his testimony. The appeal was granted and Uniloc won this second trial in court. The damages awarded are one of the largest on record in legal disputes involving patents. However, it might take a while before Uniloc actually sees any of that money, as Microsoft has announced its intention to appeal.




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czplayer said:
388 million?! AMAGAD, NOES! Are you kidding me? That's like a penny to them.
captain828 said:
... and being an Evil Empire as they are, they'll just appeal it... and the next one, and the next one, and the next one etc.
supersmashbrada said:
That company wont see any of the money for years, its sad really.
captain828 said:
Actually, the saddest thing is that you can appeal an appeal of an appeal... several times.
darkshadoe said:
"The patent in question was for an anti-piracy solution that prevents the creation, distribution and use of unauthorized copies of software which Microsoft allegedly infringed with its software activation methods."Hmm..Microsoft breaking copyright laws to insure you cant infringe on Microsoft's copyrights. Instead of the 388 million, they should have to pay $750-$3000 for each copy of WIndows in the world just like the RIAA charges people for downloading music. Seems only fair. : P
DarkCobra said:
So let me see if I got this right. We had to first pay for the original software. Then we had to pay extra for the copyright protection for that software. Now we'll have to pay even more to cover the lost case for piracy of the copyright software. Soon we will probably have to pay even more for copyright protection . . . to protect the copyright protection. Have I got this right?I see also from the posting that MS is opening retail stores? Let me guess . . . they're going to sell . . . "Copyright Protection"?[Edited by DarkCobra on 2009-04-09 11:52:33]
9Nails said:
Pfft... Patent infringement... This is the new way to prosper in America. Screw innovation and ideas. Just hold a patent on some obscure technology and sue, sue sue! This isn't even an application that people can enjoy. It's just a system offering the ability to put a license code in an application that allows activation. So sad.
gingerbill said:
it's easy to have a go at microsoft , personally on this one i think they are in the right.
pmshah said:
[b]Originally posted by 9Nails:[/b][quote]Pfft... Patent infringement... This is the new way to prosper in America. Screw innovation and ideas. Just hold a patent on some obscure technology and sue, sue sue! This isn't even an application that people can enjoy. It's just a system offering the ability to put a license code in an application that allows activation. So sad.[/quote]What is so sad about it? Think of all the jillions of $ M$ made from forcing the people to buy a copy per PC !!!!
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