Microsoft Dodges Newly Revived Spell-Check IP Dispute

Law360, New York (October 26, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday tossed a California man's latest attempt to revive his 13-year-old beef with Microsoft Corp. over its allegedly patent-infringing spelling and grammar checker, finding his most recent allegations were time-barred or already had been litigated.

Following a slew of dismissals, appeals and motions for reconsideration, the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court's dismissal of Martin Reiffin's 1998 patent lawsuit in February. Reiffin filed a new suit in July, challenging the judgment in the 1998 case based on eight “knowingly false” assertions Microsoft...
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