Microsoft on Losing End of XML Patent Lawsuit
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Hardly anyone had ever heard of tiny i4i when it filed a lawsuit against Microsoft earlier this year. But as Datamation reports, the company is proving to be a serious thorn in Microsoft's side.
Microsoft Tuesday lost its appeal of a patent lawsuit regarding Office 2007's "custom XML" feature and now has to remove the offending feature from products sold in the U.S. post haste.
Analysts said the blowback from the court upholding i4i's victory means that Microsoft, and other large developers, will need to factor litigation costs into future projects.
The ruling came from a three -- judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which granted the plaintiff -- tiny Canadian firm i4i -- a permanent injunction blocking Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) from selling any version of Office that contains the infringing features.