Judge tosses patent verdict against Microsoft

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - September 30, 2009 A jury in April found that Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, had infringed on a patent owned by Uniloc Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Uniloc makes software that prevents people from illegally installing software on multiple computers. Uniloc says Microsoft's Windows XP and some Office programs infringe on a related patent.

U.S. District Judge William Smith dismissed the verdict Tuesday and ruled in Microsoft's favor. He sides with Microsoft's objection to a pie chart Uniloc used at trial showing $19.27 billion as the total revenue from Windows XP and some office programs.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., says it is pleased. Lawyers for Uniloc did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

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