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News   News : Microsoft fined $520m for infringing patents
   posted by _Steve_ on 12-Aug-2003 19:37:03 (1661 reads)
Eolas Technologies and the University of California were yesterday awarded $520.6 million after a jury agreed that Microsoft had infringed patents held by both organisations.


Eolas and Microsoft came to court on 8 July (see Microsoft to face patent violation claims today), the result of a complaint filed by Eolas in February 1999.

At the heart of the case is a patent granted to the University of California but administered by Eolas, a firm set up in 1994 by the inventors of the technology described in the patent to capitalise upon it.

The patent, number 5,838,906, was filed in October 1994 and granted in November 1998. Essentially, it describes how a user can use a web browser to access and execute a remotely stored program object that has been embedded in a web page.

Eolas contended that Microsoft's ActiveX technology does just that and more to the point does so without Eolas' permission. Its 1999 suit originally named Windows 95 and 98, and Internet Explorer as offending items, and demanded they be banned from sale.

Microsoft said it would appeal the decision in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. "We're confident the facts will support our position," said a spokesperson. The company's official line is: "We believe the evidence will ultimately show that there was no infringement of any kind, and that the accused feature in our browser technology was developed by our own engineers based on preexisting Microsoft technology."

Eolas' legal representation, Martin Lueck, a member of law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, said: "We think the verdict is vindication that Microsoft has made extensive use of Eolas' technology to make its Internet Explorer the best-of-breed browser."

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Re: Microsoft fined $520m for infringing patents
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waaa???

M$ can actually lose at the courts


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Re: Microsoft fined $520m for infringing patents
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They haven't lost. They will appeal and win that way as usual.

/Björn

 
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@ orgin

Oh yeah... I forgot the legal processes that can apply to M$

Thanks mate .


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Everyone is suing eveyone!!!!!!!!!!! The IT industry is quickly being overrun by lawyers .

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@paulsamiga

You scanned the member ranks lately .

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I want every company in the world to sue MS and knock them out of business

 
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You scanned the member ranks lately


Yes I have.

I'm catching you up.


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I want every company in the world to sue MS and knock them out of business


Me to.


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Maybe there is hope for all the other IP owners who work's been abused by the Redmond behemoth...


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