Microsoft is Public multinational Corporation headquartered in Redmond Washington, USA, Microsoft develops, manufacturers, license and support a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various products division, Microsoft established on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell Basic interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS DOS in the mid 1980’s followed by the Microsoft Windows line of Operating Systems, Microsoft would also come to dominate the office suite market with Microsoft Office, the company has diversified in recent years into the video game industry with the Xbox and its successor the Xbox 360 as well as into the consumer electronics market with Zune and the Windows Phone OS, the ensuing rise of stock in the company’s 1986 initial public offering made on estimated 4 billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees.
Greenpeace ranked the electronics portion of Microsoft’s business third worst in Microsoft’s introduction in Nov 2007 and third worst in May 2010 out of 18 companies in its Guide to Greener Electronics an assessment of chemical disposal waste reduction practices.
In the last five years or so the Supreme Court has jumped more aggressively than ever before on the once arcane world of patent law.
The reason behind it remains a mystery, the Court doesn’t explain why it takes up the cases it does, but it’s likely at least in part a recognition of the growing importance intellectual property has in our economy
In Washington the US Supreme court agreed to hear Microsoft’s appeal of a 290 million dollar verdict in a patent dispute with a Canadian company over its popular Word Software.
The Supreme Court of US is expected to hear arguments in the case pitting the US software giant against Toronto based i4ilnc during its winter session and to deliver a ruling before the end of June next year, in Dec, a US Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict and lower court ruling in the case filed against Microsoft by i4i over its Word program.
Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation David Howard welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the appeal by the Redmond, Washington based company.
A US District court judge in Texas last year upheld both a jury ruling that the Microsoft’s Word program violates an xml patent held by i4i and the award of more than 290 million dollars in damages and interest, the judge also issued an injunction that would ban Microsoft from selling versions of Word that infringe on the patented technology which Microsoft has dismissed as a little used feature.
Microsoft did appeal but the three judge US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against the software powerhouse.
Microsoft was accused by i4i of infringing on a 1998 XML patent in it Word 2003 and Word 2007 programs.