Jury slaps $200 million fine on Microsoft

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Los Angeles, May 21: Texas federal jury ordered internet giant, Microsoft Corp to pay Canadian software firm i4i Ltd $200 million in damages for infringing a patent.

Microsoft, the world's largest software company said that the award was unsupported and will appeal against it. Toronto-based i4i, a privately held maker of software for manipulating documents, claimed in a 2007 suit that Microsoft knowingly infringed one of its patents in its Word processing application and its Vista operating system.

The patent concerned software for manipulating a document's content and architecture separately. Microsoft which is already involved in a number of legal battles over patents, however denied infringement throughout the case.

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