A federal jury in Texas ordered Microsoft to pay the Canadian Company, i4i, $200 million for patent infringement. The jury declared that Microsoft "willfully infringed" on i4i's patent by implementing the Canadian-based company's technology for controlling text formatting into their Word program. This case marks the second time in less than 2 months that the American internet giant has been ordered to make a multi-million dollar payout for the infringement of intellectual property.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft was "ordered by a federal court in Rhode Island to pay $388 million for violating anti-piracy patents held by Uniloc" in April 2009.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to appeal both of these cases.