i4i Wins Against Microsoft In Patent Suit

Staff at Toronto company i4i are likely having beers tonight as the U.S. Supreme court has shot down Microsoft’s appeal which clears the way for a $290 million pay day:

“It’s hard to expand and grow your business when people feel it’s all under a cloud,” i4i chairman Louden Owen said Thursday.

“Now we think the fields are open and we can plough ahead,” Owen said from Toronto. “So in terms of the validity of our patent, the case is closed.”

Now i4i will be able to promote and sell its technology saying that it has been validated by the U.S. Supreme Court, he said.

Clearly this is a major victory for i4i, and perhaps this will spur patent reform so that we don’t have to see battles like this over and over again. Also, said patent reform might stop the nonsense that we see between companies like Apple and Samsung. Wouldn’t that be something?


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