Microsoft Will Stop Sale of Word 2003 and 2007
Everyday, you have been using Microsoft Office Word knowing that all of its programs are originally made by the company. Included on the program was the XML “Extensible Markup Language”, a method of processing electronic documents using embedded codes that provide instructions on how information appears. The program was encoded in the Microsoft Word 2003 and Microsoft Word 2007 particularly enhancing the processing of documents in your computer.
A small Canadian company, with 30 employees, won a case against Microsoft Corporation “Microsoft”, with a case number 6:07CV113 Patent Case filed in Tyler Division, Texas on May 2009. The company, called i4i, claimed that Microsoft has violated its patented method, US Patent No. 5,787,449, by using them for Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007. The i4i company still holds the patent since 1998. Its Chairman made it clear that they dont intend to stop Microsoft business and interfere with the users of Microsoft Office Word.
The court found that Microsoft willfully infringed the patent, and ordered to pay the damages to i4i with the following breakdown.
1. I4i was awarded an amount of $200,000,000 for Microsoft infringement of the patent.
2. Awarded i4i an enhanced damages worth $40,000,000.
3. Further awarded post verdict damages of $144,060 per day from May 21, 2009 until August 11, 2009
4. Awarded pre-judgement interest of $37,097,032 up to May 20, 2009 and $21,102 per day until August 11, 2009
5. I4i is entitled to post-judgement interest for any time period between the Final Judgement and the date upon i4i receives the complete payment from Microsoft.
The total damages which Microsoft had to pay were estimated to be in the $290M mark. The court gave microsoft a January 11, 2010 deadline to stop its sale of Word and Microsoft office or until they will find a way not to use the patent in its word processors.
We have nothing to worry about on our existing softwares because Microsoft still provides support on all sold products prior to this deadline.