Microsoft Appeals Word Infringement Case (Again)

Software mogul Microsoft asked the 11 judges of the United States Court of Appeals to review again the infringement case filed against it by the Canadian software developer I4i Limited for its top selling product Microsoft Word. microsoft-word-2007-box

The case was decided in favor of I4i last August in a US District Court in Texas. The federal appellate court upheld the decision as final last month. The decision was to remove an XML editor in Microsoft Word by January 11 this year.

Microsoft has ready-modified versions of the software that it will sell once the ruling takes effect.

Kevin Kutz, Microsoft spokesman said,  “We are concerned that the decision weakens judges’ authority to apply appropriate safeguards in future patent trials.” This prompted the company to ask again the Appeals court to reconsider its decision.

The company has a last resort to file the case in the US Supreme Court in case the Appeals court would not reverse their decision. The verdict will cost Microsoft 290 million dollars – the biggest amount sustained in appeal for a patent infringement case.