Microsoft wins back $446m on Uniloc appeal

 

Jury verdict tossed out by appeals judge.

Microsoft has won an appeal against a US$388 million ($446 million) fine handed out in a patent infringement case against software developer Uniloc.

Microsoft was found guilty in April of infringing on Uniloc software patents which covered the securing of applications against software being installed on multiple PCs.

The case ran for more than six years and involved one of the largest settlements ever against a firm in software legislative history.

However, a judge overruled the verdict and cleared Microsoft of any wrongdoing, saying that the jury did not understand the case.

"The court has reviewed the transcripts and evidence with painstaking detail in the light most favourable to Uniloc, careful not to act as the eleventh juror," the judge wrote in his ruling.

"What remains is a firm belief (indeed a certitude) that the jury 'lacked a grasp of the issues before it' and reached a finding without a legally sufficient basis."

Uniloc has already said that it will appeal against the new ruling, and the case is expected to continue for some time unless the participants can agree to settle out of court.

"We are pleased that the court has vacated the jury verdict and entered judgement in favour of Microsoft," said Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz in a statement.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft wins back $446m on Uniloc appeal
 
 
 
Top Stories
Photos: iTnews Benchmark Awards countdown begins
Just a few days left until entries close for 2014.
 
Australian Govt to rethink cyber security strategy
Six-year old policy to be refreshed.
 
The failure of the antivirus industry
[Blog post] Insights from AVAR 2014.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
More 4G from Optus in Darwin
Nov 21, 2014
Click to see where Optus has expanded coverage to the suburbs near Darwin.
Optus steps up regional 4G coverage
Nov 20, 2014
Once 700Mhz services are working, Optus claims regional users will have a "faster and more ...
This Huawei 4G phone costs $99
Nov 12, 2014
The $99 Huawei Ascend Y550, available through Vodafone, enters the budget market as one of the ...
4G smartphones: Microsoft's Lumia 830
Nov 7, 2014
Microsoft has announced its flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 830 4G, will be available in ...
Do you direct debit customers? Read this
Oct 10, 2014
Authorities have been targeting direct debit practices with iiNet and Dodo receiving formal ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  38%
 
Your insurance company
  3%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  8%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  2%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  20%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  5%
TOTAL VOTES: 1075

Vote