Thursday, April 09, 2009

Boeing wins patent case against NASA over aluminum alloy in shuttle

The Los Angeles Times noted:

Boeing Co. may get hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation after winning a patent-infringement claim against NASA over an aluminum alloy used to build the space shuttle.

As this was a suit against the federal government, it was heard in the Court of Claims.

Also in the article:

A jury in Providence, R.I., found that Microsoft violated the patent of Uniloc Singapore Private Ltd. and Uniloc USA Inc. Uniloc, which filed the lawsuit 5 1/2 years ago, claimed Microsoft wrongfully used its technology to earn billions.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., argued that it used a different method for registering software and that Uniloc's patent was obvious. A Microsoft spokesman said the company would ask the court to overturn the verdict.


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