Microsoft Ordered to Pay $200 Million in Patent Dispute

May 21, 2009 Recently, the Eastern District of Texas' reputation as a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction has taken a few hits. Well, here's some news that will help restore its standing: a federal jury in Tyler, Texas, has ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million to Canadian software company i4i for patent infringement.

Douglas Cawley of McKool Smith, who represented i4i at the six-day trial, told us that he asked the jury to award his client between $200 and $207 million. He also said that the jury found the infringement to be willful, which gives Tyler, Texas, federal district court Judge Leonard Davis the discretion to treble the damages. That determination is weeks away, said Cawley. Microsoft was represented by Matthew Powers of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

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