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Microsoft Faces Patent Suit Over Key Windows Feature

Law360 (February 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Attorneys for Microsoft are scheduled to meet Feb. 20 with the legal counsel of a small company that has sued the software giant over a patent for a key feature of the Windows operating system.

TV Interactive Data (TVI) of Los Gatos, California, sued Microsoft in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in May 2002, seeking damages and an injunction barring Microsoft from further infringement.

TVI claims it holds patents covering the "autoplay" feature in Windows that automatically starts an application after...
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