A TEXAS JURY has ordered Microsoft to cough up $200 million to Canadian collaborative content firm, i4i, for infringing on its patents.
The Toronto-based company, which designs and develops XML-based collaborative content, had been embroiled in a long and bitter legal battle with the Redmond giant, which it accused of infringing on its patents for the Vole's Word 2003 and Word 2007.
I4i's president, Karen Heater, told AFP her company felt "quite vindicated" noting, "The jury heard extensive testimony, extensive evidence and they concluded -- as we expected they would -- that Microsoft indeed infringed."
Refusing to admit its guilt, Microsoft sniveled that it would appeal the verdict, adding "the i4i patent is invalid."
This is the second time in two months the Vole has been found guilty of violating smaller firms' patents. In April a US federal jury forced Mighty-Soft to dole out $388 million in compensation to the Singapore and US based firm, Uniloc, for hijacking its anti-piracy software.
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