Telecom Says Microsoft's Hotmail Violates Email Patent

Law360, New York (December 01, 2011, 8:33 PM ET) -- Telecommunications company ZipLink LLC lodged a patent suit Thursday against Microsoft Corp. in Connecticut federal court, alleging the tech giant's Hotmail email service infringes its patent covering electronic communication technology.

Hartford, Conn.-based ZipLink alleges Microsoft is infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,672,998, “Apparatus and methods for controlling the transmission of messages,” which was issued March 2, 2010, according to the complaint.

“ZipLink has been irreparably harmed to an extent not yet determined by Microsoft’s infringement, and will continue to be irreparably harmed in the future unless Microsoft...
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