Toronto-based i4i Inc. wins Microsoft appeal


Toronto-based i4i Inc. today won a U.S. federal appeals decision worth US$290-million judgement against Microsoft Corp.

The ruling also includes an injunction, set to go into effect Jan. 11, that would prevent the sale of some versions of Microsoft’spopular Word word processing software.

Today’s decision was on an appeal Microsoft launched against a verdict returned by a Texas jury in favour of i4i . Previously, i4i sued Microsoft over the way Word (versions 2003, 2007) customize XML, or extensible markup language, used in encoding and displaying information.

Today’s injunction prevents Microsoft from selling Word products that have the capability of opening an XML file containing custom XML.

Kevin Kutz, Microsoft’s director of public affairs, said the injunction “applies only to copies of Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007 sold in the U.S. on or after the injunction date of Jan. 11, 2010.  Copies of these products sold before this date are not affected.”

Kutz also said Microsoft was considering it legal options, “which could include a request for a rehearing by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals en banc or a request for a writ of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court.”


(Michel Vulpe and Loudon Owen of i4i are pictured above.)