Microsoft Dealt A Blow In Korean Patent Case

Law360, New York (November 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Adding to the software giant’s legal troubles in South Korea, Microsoft Corp. may have to stop selling its successful “Office” suite and pay $75 million for infringing on patents that enable translation between Korean and English.

The Supreme Court of Korea on Friday rejected Microsoft’s request to nullify patents for code that automatically switches text between Korean and English.

Hankuk Aviation University’s Professor Lee Keung-hae received the patents for the technology from South Korean authorities in 1997. A Korean technology transfer company, P&IB, purchased the patents...
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