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Microsoft urges SCOTUS to make patents easier to kill

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The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in the massive patent dispute between Microsoft and Canadian software company i4i. According to i4i, XML-related features of Microsoft Word infringe one of its patents. Microsoft is on the hook for more than $200 million in damages if the Supreme Court does not see things Redmond's way.
$200 million's a pretty huge chunk of change.
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post #2 of 17
Not for Microsoft, their net worth is what? double digit billions?
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The lawsuit isn't news anymore but an update is nice. For the record i4i's patent is for something remarkably similar to COBOL along with other things and they waited till the very last second to sue if I remember right. For those that don't know what COBOL is it is a programming language that is possibly older than the founders of i4i. Though more likely about the same age.
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Nice to see an update but I think the whole case its pretty silly on the whole. I don't see
M$ loosing. But even if they did 200 million isn't going to hurt them a lot even though it is a lot of money
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post #5 of 17
Yeah 200m for M$ won't really dent them much.

The whole case is based on retarded *no offense* evidence and facts.

If m$ loses, I'd be surprised.
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How is it that the lawsuits come so many years after the infringement?
 
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by juhansoo12 View Post
How is it that the lawsuits come so many years after the infringement?
Its because if they sue right away, there is no idea how much they should claim for damages and stuff, they'll get a small settlement. Instead they wait for something to take off and then sue for a huge chunk of money a while later.
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It would be nice to see a victory for Microsoft and a victory against patent trolling. That patent is so incredibly old and vague.
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post #9 of 17
These patent lawsuits are getting ridiculous...

"Tommy made a sandcastle that looks just like mine!"
"Take him to court".

Even if MS loses, $250 Million is like a weekend on the town for a chairman. No big deal.
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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post
These patent lawsuits are getting ridiculous...

"Tommy made a sandcastle that looks just like mine!"
"Take him to court".

Even if MS loses, $250 Million is like a weekend on the town for a chairman. No big deal.
But I bet MS wants to put it to the opponents face.
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