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Apr212009

Microsoft fined $537 million damages in 2003 patent case

He has been called a “born creative thinker” and “a man of extraordinarily high principle”. Others consider his inventions frivolous and derivative. Not that Frederick Bailier Richardson III – aka Ric Richardson – particularly cares. As of last week, the 47-year-old stands to reap the lion’s share of a $US388 million ($537 million) damages award from Microsoft, after a US jury found the software giant had stolen his patent relating to anti-piracy technology in his 2003 case.

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