Supreme Court To Hear Microsoft, AT&T Patent Case

Law360, New York (October 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case with broad ramifications for international licensing rights, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it would hear a dispute between Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Corp. over Windows programs distributed outside the United States.

The case is likely to settle the question of whether infringement damages in U.S. patent law extend to software products sold overseas, a contentious area of intellectual property disputes in recent years.

Last July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Microsoft was liable for the unauthorized...
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