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Supreme Court gives Microsoft small victory, say patent experts

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | June 10, 2011
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified David Long, a partner at Dow Lohnes. The story has been updated with the correct information.

But i4i's Owen was looking forward to a big payday. By the terms of an earlier deal between the firms, Microsoft must pay the judgment -- at this point, slightly more than $300 million -- within 15 days of exhausting its final appeal.

"This was unprecedented, a watershed moment for patent law," Owen said of the ruling.

i4i has repeatedly portrayed its battle with Microsoft as a David and Goliath contest. Owen did not disappoint Thursday.

"This was David in the wilderness fighting against Goliath," Owen said. "We've very appreciative of the tremendous support for our position. People believed in what we believed in."


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