After more than four years of court battle, i4i is finally going to get a paycheck from Microsoft as the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of the former and issued a permanent injunction against Microsoft.
The Supreme Court's decision means i4i has won its patent infringement case against Microsoft which was filed back in March 2007. i4i's accusation was the willful violation of one of its patents with the XML tagging features in Word 2003 and 2007.
"This is one of the most significant business cases the Court has decided in decades," said Loudon Owen, Chairman of i4i. "Affirmation of the Federal Circuit on a ruling in favor of patent holders is virtually unprecedented. While this ruling maintains the prevailing standard, the innovation community must be ever‐vigilant to defend its property rights."
Now Microsoft needs to dig a bit into its pockets and pay i4i over $300 million in damages (enhanced damages, interest and postverdict damages).