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Inventor Scores Again In Microsoft Patent Battle

Law360 (June 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A year after a federal jury ordered Microsoft Inc. to pay a Guatemalan inventor $6.1 million in a patent infringement dispute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed that earlier verdict, ruling that the software goliath infringed the inventor’s patent with the sale of its Office Pro products.

Carlos Armando Amado, a former Stanford University graduate student, filed for a patent in 1990 for software that links Microsoft's Excel program with its Access database application via a single spreadsheet.

Amado said he...
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