The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a $290 million dispute between Microsoft and a Canadian technology company.
At issue is a tool in the Microsoft Word program — and the claim by the Canadian company that the feature violates patent projections. Microsoft was hit with the multimillion dollar judgment over the alleged violation. But now it is appealing — asking that the dollar amount be erased. Toronto based i4i sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the technology behind the feature that lets the program interpret and display a document’s contents. The court will hear the case sometime next year.