Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 30th Sep 2009 21:09 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Legal A long-term patent battle between Microsoft and a California- and Singapore-based security software company known as Uniloc has found Microsoft on the winning side... again. The said battle began about six years ago when Uniloc first sued Microsoft for allegedly infringing a patent of a technology that decries piracy by way of an activation key. Microsoft was supposed to have violated the patent by integrating the technology into the Windows XP and Office products' activation sequences that we all know and love. In short: Microsoft won the original case in 2003, Uniloc appealed and eventually won the appeal in April 2009 after many years of long and drawn out legal proceedings, and Microsoft appealed the appeal and won that appeal just recently, now not having to pay the US$388 million from the last appeal. Oh, and Uniloc already has plans to appeal.
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RE: Comment by flanque
by GeorgesBraque on Wed 30th Sep 2009 21:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by flanque"
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there are (many) procedural rules for appeals . . .

i believe the next appeal would have to go to the Supreme Court. however, i do not think they would consider the case as there are no Constitutional concerns.

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