Microsoft Word appeal hearing on September 23

By Ali Hammad Baig on 3:03 PM

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An appeals court in Washington said this week it will hear arguments on September 23 in regard to Microsoft's request to delay an earlier order that imposed a permanent injunction on selling Word in the US as of October 10, 2009. Microsoft winning a quick hearing is good news for the company, but the Canadian-based i4i, the company that owns the patent that Microsoft has been found to be infringing, isn't worried.

We firmly believe that the US District Court made the right decision on the merits of the case," said i4i chairman Loudon Owen. "We are confident that we will prevail on the appeal by Defendant Microsoft. This is a vital case for inventors and entrepreneurial companies who, like i4i, are damaged by the willful infringement of their patents by competitors; particularly competitors as large and powerful as Microsoft. The expedited schedule of the Court of Appeals is appreciated and welcomed by i4i." Full Story>>

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