Microsoft has secured court permission to continue distribution of Word in the US as the company faces an injunction to prevent the same.

Microsoft filed a motion to stay an injunction barring it from selling Word – an essential element of its Office suite with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 18. The company has secured the right to appeal a ruling that Microsoft wilfully infringed a patent held by another firm (i4i) for processing XML.

Judge Leonard Davis ordered Microsoft to pay i4i $240 million and placed an injunction against selling Word software in its current form. That injunction is now blocked until the appeals process is over.

i4i alleges Microsoft willingly infringed its patent on processing custom XML when Microsoft included the technology in Word 2003, causing material damage to the smaller company’s business.

The case continues. Download the order to stay the injunction here.

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