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Microsoft loses U.S. Supreme Court case on patent

     
4:31 am on Jun 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft loses U.S. Supreme Court case on patent [reuters.com]

Microsoft Corp suffered a defeat on Thursday when the Supreme Court upheld a record $290 million jury verdict against the software giant for infringing a small Canadian company's patent.

The justices unanimously agreed with a U.S. appeals court ruling that went against the world's largest software company in its legal battle with Toronto-based i4i.

The high court refused to adopt Microsoft's lower standard to replace the long-standing requirement that a defendant in a patent infringement case prove by clear and convincing evidence that a plaintiff's patent is invalid.


A victory for patent trolls?
6:01 am on June 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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A victory for patent trolls?


No. Just big companies suffering the software patent system they promoted; it's their own medicine.
7:20 am on June 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Some agreement in above, but there are difficulties in the current Patent system which I hope will be addressed, else we'll have more of this in the future.
12:09 pm on June 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Lots of things to address at the approval level. Whoever approves patents has too much power, these are multi-million dollar decisions being made for generic patents.

I would also say that if a software patent is to be awarded, it needs to be used in a completely unique product that's already on the market.