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MS: Korean patents are invalid
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Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 27 November 2006 10:19

Microsoft appear to be at it again: violating the Intellectual Property of others, that is. 

Microsoft have been in a tiffwith South Korean outfit P&IB regarding 'Office' and some technology being used to automatically switch ''Office' between English and Korean input modes.  This disagreement has resulted in a case going to the South Korean Supreme court over the issue of the patents on that technology, which are held by professor Lee Keung-Hae of Hankuk Aviation University.  The patents were obtained in 1997 and 1998, and portions were later sold to P&IB.

Apparently, MS have asked the South Korean Court to declare the patents invalid, and the court has refused.

Professor Lee and P&IB are asking for US $75 million in compensation.  MS are considering their options.  MS legal counsel Chung Jae-hoon said "We recently found critical evidence that will disprove the effects of the language-switch technology patents and we will file another lawsuit to ask for nullification of the patents,"

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