Microsoft Seeks Atty Fees As Corel Decries 'Pound Of Flesh'

Law360 (May 3, 2018, 10:53 PM EDT) -- Microsoft told a California federal judge Thursday that because a jury found Corel willfully infringed its Office software patents, the rival should pay attorneys fees for "deterrence and compensation," while Corel maintained it tried to settle pretrial but Microsoft wanted "their pound of flesh."

Microsoft Corp.’s bid for attorneys fees would give the company a financial slap against Corel Corp. that it didn’t get at trial.

In February, a jury found that the Canadian rival had willfully infringed nine of Microsoft’s patents related to its "ribbon" toolbar, but only awarded damages of $278,000 — a far cry from the million-plus the...

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