Court Rules in Favor of Uniloc, Orders Microsoft to Pay $388 Million

A Federal court rules in favor of software developer Uniloc against technology giant Microsoft. In a court ruling, Microsoft was asked to pay Uniloc with $388 million over patent infringement case.

Meanwhile, the technology giant said it will present its case to the appellate court to review the verdict, adding it did not commit copyright infringement or any illegal undertaking.

California-based software developer recently won a legal battle against Microsoft Corp. in a $388-million patent infringement case over a computer program that prevents multiple computer installation of software.

In a court decision, a Federal Judge has ordered the technology giant Microsoft Corp. to pay a hefty amount of $388 million in damages after being found guilty of infringement of a patent held by Uniloc Inc.

The software developer Uniloc accused Microsoft of running the Windows XP and other Microsoft Office programs on related patented design. The said program prevents users from reinstalling certain software in different computers.

Uniloc’s counsel lawyer Paul Hayes said the small software developer has been fighting against the giant Microsoft for over six years.

But Hayes, who is also the head of Mintz Levin a Boston-based intellectual property patent litigation, said that “justice has prevailed”.

When asked for comments, Microsoft said the company will appeal the decision of the Federal Court, saying that it is very disappointed with the verdict of the jury.

Microsoft spokesperson David Bowermaster said the computer giant did not violate copyright law, saying that the Uniloc’s accusation is without basis. He added that the $388 million award damage is “factually and legally” unsupported.


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