SCOTUS makes patent holders happy, upholds $290M Microsoft verdict

19 06 2011

June 9, 2011

The United States Supreme Court has ruled against Microsoft in a $290 million patent infringement case related to Microsoft Word. Microsoft had argued that a patent examiner’s decision to grant a patent should be given less deference when a jury is considering evidence that had never been considered by the examiner. The high court unanimously rejected this argument, holding that a century of precedents had specified a high standard of proof for invalidating a patent.


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