Supreme Court Rules For Microsoft In Windows Case

Law360, New York (April 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case that could have had broad international ramifications, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday overturned by a 7-1 vote a ruling that held Microsoft Corp. liable for patent infringement on copies of the Windows operating system sold abroad.

In a majority decision written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justices rejected AT&T Inc.’s arguments that Microsoft software code was a component of a computer, and thus made overseas sales of the Windows operating system a patent law violation.

Justice John Paul Stevens was the sole...
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