Microsoft Loses $521M Verdict Over Internet Patent

Microsoft was told by a jury to pay $521 million to the University of California and a Chicago-area company which claimed they invented technology used in the Internet Explorer browser. The jury in Chicago today concluded that Microsoft infringed a patented method for accessing interactive programs with an Internet browser. The university and Eolas Technologies had sought as much as $1.2 billion, claiming the invention enabled Microsoft to compete with the Netscape Navigator browser, now owned by AOL Time Warner.

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