The $200 million jury verdict in the i4i-v-Microsoft patent infringement case still stands, but the Texas judge has added another $40 million+ in additional damages to be paid by Microsoft. US District Judge Leonard David upheld the decision against Microsoft and decided that the infringement was willful and ordered that additional compensation to i4i for damages – $37 million in post trial interest & $40 million in punitive damages.
The judge has also ordered Microsoft to shutdown all sales and support for any new copies of Word 2003 and Word 2007 in the U.S. for approximately 60 days. Microsoft, of course, will appeal.
Hmmmm…I wonder what BSA has to say about this. This is definitely a case of IP protection working its magic. People and companies often complain about how these large companies are sucking them dry, but in this case, it’s the little guy that’s winning by protecting his intellectual property.
Click here to view i4i v Microsoft opinion in its entirety. Note: The case was over U.S. Patent # 5,787,449 (Method and System for Manipulating the Architecture and the Content of a Document Separately From Each Other).