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Microsoft loses Word patent battle

Software giant Microsoft finally lost its battle over Word patent with Toronto's i4i Inc. <strong>Location: </strong> Redmond, Wash.<br /><strong>Industry: </strong>Computer Hardware and Software<br /><strong>2007 Sales: </strong> $51 billion<br /><br />Despite years of antitrust battles, the Redmond (Wash.) giant still accounts for almost 9 out of every 10 computer operating systems. Yet analysts took note when Windows&#8217; market share dipped below 90% in December. The Mac OS has been making slow but steady gains, partly due to the unpopularity of Microsoft&#8217;s latest operating system, Vista. Internet Explorer, another blockbuster Microsoft product, commands 70% of the Web browser market, down from 95% in early 2003. Yet industry analysts don&#8217;t think Microsoft (MSFT) has reason to panic, especially with Windows 7 and a new version of IE on the horizon.<br />

Rejecting Microsoft's appeal, the US supreme court upheld the 2009 lower court order against Microsoft to pay $290 million in damages to the Toronto firm for infringing its patent.
The Canadian company had taken the software giant to court in the US in 2007 over violations of its patent in Word applications and won the case and got $290 million in damages in December 2009.
In its lawsuit, i4i had claimed that the world's biggest software company infringed on a patent granted to it in 1998.
The patent pertained to i4i's technology that can open documents using the XML computer programming language and manipulate complex data in electronic documents. The technology allows users to sort out and manage tons of information by turning complex documents into more accessible databases.