September 30, 2009
Judge negates $388M Microsoft fine
A federal judge in Rhode Island overturned a record patent infringement judgment, a $388 million fine Microsoft Corp. no longer has to pay.
U.S. District Judge William Smith overturned the April jury verdict that said Microsoft had infringed on a patent issued to software company Uniloc.
Uniloc claimed Microsoft used the patented material in Windows XP and Microsoft Office software. In the original suit, Uniloc sought $560 million in damages.
We are pleased that the court has vacated the jury verdict and entered judgment in favor of Microsoft, spokesman Kevin Kutz said Tuesday.
A Uniloc spokesperson was unavailable for comment, Seattlepi.com said.