Judge Orders Stop of Microsoft Word SalesWednesday, August 12, 2009
Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has ordered a permanent injunction against Microsoft Word. He’s ordered Microsoft to stop all sales of Word within 60 days. According to plaintiff’s attorneys this was their statement: “The injunction prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML”.
The federal jury declared that Microsoft Word 2003 and Word 2007 custom XML tagging infringed on the plaintiff’s—Toronto-based developer i4i—patents, ordering Microsoft to pay $200 million in damages.