Microsoft appeals to Supreme Court over i4i patent

* Microsoft seeks review of text manipulation patent

* i4i says “confident” will prevail

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (BestGrowthStock) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: ) asked
the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reconsider a lower court’s
ruling that upheld rival i4i’s patent related to text
manipulation technology.

Microsoft filed a writ of certiorari with the court,
effectively asking it to look for errors in the lower court’s
ruling and then toss it out.

“This issue will not benefit from further percolating in
the circuit” courts, Microsoft said in its appeal.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office upheld the validity of
the i4i patent in April, about three years after the legal
fight began.

A federal jury awarded i4i $290 million last August after
finding that Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft had infringed
the i4i patent relating to text manipulation software in the
2003 and 2007 versions of Word, Microsoft’s word processing
application.

Microsoft has said that i4i’s patent is “invalid” but that
it has since removed the contested features from its current
software.

Toronto-based i4i said it had been expecting the appeal
from Microsoft, and is awaiting word from the Supreme Court.

“We continue to be confident that i4i will prevail,” i4i
Chairman Loudon Owen said in a statement.
(Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Editing by Richard Chang)

Microsoft appeals to Supreme Court over i4i patent