Microsoft Asks for Emergency Stay in Word Patent Dispute
According to federal court records, on Friday Microsoft filed an emergency motion to stay last week's ruling ordering the company to stop selling Word in the United States.
The injunction, issued by East Texas U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis, followed findings by a jury in May that Microsoft had "willfully" violated a patent owned by the Canadian software firm i4i relating to custom XML. Microsoft has 60 days to comply.
Davis also ordered Microsoft to pay i4i $200 million for the patent infringement plus another $40 million for the extra finding of it being willful.
According to the court's online docket for the case, the emergency motion asked for both a stay against the injunction and a "waive of bond requirement," but because the motion has been sealed by the court, no other details are available.
The court docket does not indicate when the motion may be heard or ruled on.
Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.