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Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Patent Infringement Appeal in i4i Case

Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider Microsoft’s appeal in the ongoing patent infringement case involving Toronto-based i4i. The case will examine what should constitute the proper legal standard for determining a patent’s validity.

Microsoft and a number of companies backing its play — including Apple, Google, Intel, Verizon, a number of auto makers, drug companies and financial services companies — all are in favor of the Court to make it easier for companies facing infringement suits to prove a patent is invalid.

“We’re gratified by the Court’s decision. It’s a clear affirmation that the issues raised in this case are critical to the integrity of our patent system. We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court,” said David Howard.

I4i, as expected, is against the Supreme Court rehearing, and its officials are saying “ldquo;any changes to the standards for proving the invalidity of patents should be made by Congress, not the courts,” according to Wall Street Journal.

Oral arguments will likely take place in the spring with a decision expected by the end of June, 2011, according to the WSJ.


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