A US court has awarded $9m worth of damages to a Guatemalan coder who claimed that Microsoft had illegally used code he had developed to transfer data from Excel to Access:
Microsoft has been found guilty of patent infringement and ordered to pay a Guatamalan inventor Carlos Armando Amado almost $9m in damages.
The US District Court of Central California court ruled that Microsoft had infringed on his intellectual property and ordered it to pay him $8.96m.
This figure relates to software sold between March 1997 and July 2003 - Judge David Carter may review this figure to include software sold since 2003, according to Reuters.
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They may be disapointed to have lost, but they must be breathing a small sigh of relief that it's only $9m, and no the $500m claimed - especially as they have two more copyright infingment cases to fight...