Injunction Halts Word Sales
A Texas judge has ordered that Microsoft must stop selling its Microsoft Word software due to a patent infringement. The software giant is expected to fight the ruling, with which it has 60 days to comply.
According to PC Magazine, the judge ruled that Microsoft infringed on a patent held by a Canadian company called i4i. Microsoft was also assessed $290 million in fines. However, a higher court will have a chance to overturn the ruling, and the judge gave Microsoft a chance to pursue a workaround to avoid using the offending patent.
The patent in question involves "manipulation of the architecture and content of a document, particularly for data representation and transformations," which the judge ruled applies to Word's 2003 and 2007 versions, as well as any future editions. The suit was filed in 2007.