Microsoft To Change ‘Word’ Or Stop Selling, Court Says
December 22, 2009
U. S (ChattahBox) – A court has upheld a ruling in a patent infringement case that orders Microsoft to either remove a function from their Microsoft Word program, or stop selling it all together.
The lawsuit, which in addition to the ruling contains a $290 million dollar reward to the plaintiffs, was filed by Toronto, Canada based I4i LP, a small technology company.
They maintained that the XML encoding in Word was originally their design, and that it was used without permission from the giant corporation.
A jury appeared to agree, and Microsoft was ordered to compensate l4i LP, and remove all traces of the language from their program. Either that, or they would have to stop selling their popular software all together.
“A small company was practicing its patent, only to suffer a loss of market share, brand recognition, and customer goodwill as the result of the defendant’s infringing acts,” the court ruling stated.
“The district court found that Microsoft captured 80 percent of the custom XML market with its infringing Word products, forcing i4i to change its business strategy.”
Microsoft promises that their 2010 version of Word will not have the XML coding.