Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Carlos Amado sues Microsoft

Part of the reason Microsoft is seeking patent reform is because of the numerous suits filed against it. Here's one.

from The Register:

Guatemalan inventor, Carlos Armando Amado, claims Microsoft is illegally using his software to transfer information between its spreadsheet products Excel and Access. He says he filed a patent in 1990 for software which lets users move data between Excel to Access via a spreadsheet. He tried to sell it to Microsoft two years later, according to Reuters.

The suit does not claim specific damages but lawyers told Reuters they would be asking for about $2 for every copy of the software sold, which equates to $500m. The case is being heard in the US District Court of Central California

Microsoft is also facing patent claims over Longhorn, the next version of Windows, from networking company Alacritech. It is also being sued by Forgent Networks which claims the software giant broke its JPEG picture compression patents


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