Justice "Frightened" To Rule Against Microsoft

Law360, New York (February 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice said Wednesday he was “frightened” to rule against Microsoft Corp. for unauthorized distribution of AT&T Corp.-patented technology because of the international ramifications such a ruling could have.

Justice Stephen Breyer expressed his sentiments during oral arguments Wednesday on whether computer source code constitutes a component—a statutory definition that could determine the international scope of U.S. patent laws on software and other technology.

Two former solicitors general representing the technology giants and a representative for the solicitor general were questioned at the...
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