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May 20, 2009

Wow Bow

Leon Russell once wrote: "Stray dogs that live on the highway walk on three legs. They learn too slow to get the message." Today, a jury awarded Toronto-based i4i $200 million for Microsoft's infringing 5,787,449. Last month, Singapore-based Uniloc scored a $388 million verdict from Microsoft infringing 5,490,216. Oozing denial, but with raucous squeals, Microsoft vows appeals.

Trial for Odom v. Microsoft over 7,363,592 is set for late September, 2010.

Posted by Patent Hawk at May 20, 2009 3:26 PM | Damages

Comments

Patent number 5,787,449 seems to be the most plainly understandable of all three patent numbers mentioned above. It is ironic that Windows Notepad insists on hiding its encoding type by default and reverting saves to the .txt file extension doesn't make sense for unicode, for example, where it seems that .doc would be more intuitive. MS doesn't own the rights to the .doc file extension definition either. Archived computer data, when properly synchronized should prove, if and where in history, ideas occured or cross-leaked concurrently and if some patents are merely a conceptual template for predicting what is bound to happen in the future. All concepts heretofore are computing common sense today, but software authors and developers may only be a help call apart and it is good to clear the air now and then without contempt of court.

Posted by: mo98 at May 21, 2009 4:08 AM