Feeds

Microsoft loses Excel patent appeal

That will be $65m, please

Security for virtualized datacentres

The US district court has upheld a finding against Microsoft that it infringed on a patent in making its Excel spreadsheet.

In June last year, a judge ruled Microsoft had infringed a patent owned by Guatemalan inventor Armando Amado.

Vince Belusko, a partner at Amando's law firm Morrison & Foerster, said last week: "This ruling signals the validity of the patent and confirms Microsoft's liability of infringement on Mr Amado's software program. We are hopeful that the District Court will now award Mr Amado substantial monies from that escrow account when the matter is returned to the court."

The court ordered Microsoft to put $65m in an escrow account to cover payment to Amado.

The case covers a way to link Excel spreadsheets to databases. Amado says he discussed licensing the software to Microsoft but the software giant eventually declined. The feature then appeared in later versions of the spreadsheet.

Read the whole MoFo statement here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.