The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals refused Microsoft's request to hear appeal in a patent case against i4i with a full panel of judges. The case stems from a battle over an XML editor in Word, which i4i said infringed on one of its patents. "We're disappointed with the decision," Kevin Kutz, director of public affairs for Microsoft said in a statement. "As far as next steps, we continue to believe there are important matters of patent law that still need to be properly addressed, and we are considering our options for going forward." delighted by this ruling." "This has been a long and arduous process, but this decision is a powerful reinforcement of the message that smaller enterprises and inventors who own intellectual property can and will be protected," Owen said.