Canadian company i4i has claimed that a version of Microsoft Word infringed a patented method for editing documents. The patent row which started in 2007 and has gone to the highest court in the U.S. has finally been decided on in a ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday. The court unanimously upheld 30 years of patent law by siding with i4i, which said it would invest the new money back into the company. Microsoft has also been ordered to recall from stores any remaining copies of Word that used the patent. The Supreme Court fined Microsoft $290 million, which they will have to pay within 15 days. As a result, companies challenging patents in future will have to provide convincing proof that a patent is invalid if they want to have it set aside. i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, alleging that its method for applying XML ...

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