Ruling that Microsoft didn't infringe a patent held by software maker Uniloc, a district judge just struck down a $388 million award against the software giant. The judgment, signed Tuesday by Judge
William Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, overturned an April jury verdict that hit Microsoft with the largest patent award on record.
Uniloc USA, and its
Singapore-based parent company, filed the lawsuit in Rhode Island in late 2003, alleging Microsoft used its patented technology for software activation. The technology in question included the use of
a software activation key to keep users from installing licensed software on more than one computer.
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