Microsoft, Autodesk Ordered to Cough Up $133M

Law360, New York (April 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a stinging setback for software giant Microsoft Corp., a Texas jury has awarded the founder of a small technology company a whopping $133 million in damages in a patent battle over anti-piracy technology.

On Wednesday, Microsoft was ordered to pay $115 million to David Colvin, the founder of z4 Technologies Inc., capping off a week-long jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Co-defendant Autodesk Inc., a design software maker, was also directed to shell out $18 million.

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