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 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.