Microsoft plans to appeal a judgement that not only slaps it with a $300-million damages payout, but has ordered it to stop selling its popular Word application in the US.
A Texas court has ruled that Microsoft infringed a patent held by Canadian firm i4i. The patent refers to a document system that relies on XML custom formatting.
The initial verdict was received in May this year, awarding i4i $200-million in damages, but US District Court Judge Leonard Davis earlier this week made his final order, which includes an addition $40-million in enhanced damages for willful infringement. Other charges are $11,8-million in post-verdict damages, calculated from the initial jury decision, and $38,8-million in pre-judgement interest. This makes for a total of $290,6-million.
However, the most extreme part of Davis's judgement is an injunction on Microsoft stopping it from selling Word 2003, Word 2007 and Word for Mac 2008 in the US.
In addition, the company is barred from selling and "infringing and future Word products the have the capability of opening a .XML, .DOCX or .DOCM file containing custom XML", according to the injunction.
Word 2010, the word processor that is part of Office 2010, would also fall under the description.