Federal Circuit Upholds $160M Microsoft Verdict

Law360, New York (November 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An appeals court has affirmed a $160 million decision that Microsoft and Autodesk Inc. infringed on two patents held by a small company related to protecting software from piracy.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Friday that Microsoft willfully infringed on the patents of Michigan-based z4 Technologies Inc.

Autodesk settled with z4 prior to the close of briefing in the appeal, the Federal Circuit's decision said.

Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District...
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