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$290M ruling would stop sales of Microsoft Word

The Microsoft Word assistant, Clippit. Under a new

The Microsoft Word assistant, Clippit. Under a new court ruling upholding $290 million judgment against Microsoft, Word cannot be sold after Jan. 11. Credit: Handout

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a
$290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp. and issued an
injunction that will prevent the sale of its popular Word software.

The court injunction is set to go into effect Jan. 11. Microsoft
has said such a bar would prohibit the sale of all currently
available versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.

Microsoft had appealed a Texas jury verdict in favor of i4i
Inc., a Toronto company. The jury found recent versions of
Microsoft Word infringed on a software patent.

Microsoft has said that it and the public will both suffer if
Word goes off the market while the company devises a workaround.

The court said the decision does not affect copies of the programs
sold before the injunction goes into effect, so Microsoft can still
provide technical support to the old versions even if they infringe
on the patent.

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