Science & Technology Law

Microsoft Wins Emergency Stay of Judge's Ban on Word Product Sales

A federal appeals court has granted Microsoft’s emergency appeal of a Texas federal judge’s order that would have banned the computer Goliath from continuing to sell some Word software products next month unless they could be reconfigured to avoid infringing on a Canadian company’s patent.

In a ruling late yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stayed the U.S. District Court order. Meanwhile, a fast-track appeal on the merits continues, with oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 23, reports Computerworld.

Both Dell and Hewlett Packard filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the appeal, arguing that the Word revisions required by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis would also require extensive, time-consuming work on their own part to reconfigure personal computers that use Word software.

Additional coverage: “Microsoft Gets Expedited Appeal of Judge’s Ban on Some Word Product Sales”

Microsoft Blog (Seattle Post-Intelligencer): “Court grants Microsoft’s motion to stay Word injunction”

Reuters: “U.S. appeals court stays Microsoft Word injunction”

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