Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Sep 2009 16:44 UTC
Legal Microsoft has been granted a stay of a landmark injunction in a patent infringement case that would have required the software giant to stop selling its popular Word in its current form by next month. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday granted Microsoft's motion for a stay, pending appeal, of an injunction issued in August by a federal judge that bars sales of Word that include a custom XML code found to infringe on patents held by i4i - the plaintiff.
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RE: Hardly Unexpected
by byrc on Fri 4th Sep 2009 19:02 UTC in reply to "Hardly Unexpected"
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Well you can't just go out and buy a company, especially if it is not publicly traded, as is the case with i4i. Microsoft can make an offer of X amount, but if the owner believes he can get more in court costs/fines/license fees then he would probably not accept the offer. Likewise, it is possible that the owner simply does not want to sell. I would very surprised if the ends with Microsoft owning i4i. Most likely, there will be an out of court settlement where Microsoft gains rights to the patented technology for a single, undisclosed payment. Owner retains his company and gets a surge of capital and Microsoft is allowed to continue to sell Word.

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