MS Lawyers Score Victory

Score one for the Microsoft lawyers (do they ever lose?!) in a lawsuit against Uniloc for a product activation scheme built into Windows. At least they got an appeal. I’m sure they will make it out of this one successfully. Of course, I never did like the product activation in Windows. Too many hiccups and false denials and just a general pain in the butt.

The victory in the Uniloc case comes as Microsoft is awaiting the result of an appeal in another patent case in which the custom XML feature in recent versions of Word was found to infringe on patents held by Canada’s I4i. If it fails in its appeal bid, Microsoft faces damages of more than $200 million in that case as well as an injunction that would halt sales of word with the infringing feature.