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Microsoft Sued Over Excel Data-Linking Technology - 5/18/2005 7:19:51 PM   

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Microsoft Corp. illegally took technology used to link spreadsheet data between two of its programs from a Guatemalan inventor, lawyers said during opening statements at a jury trial that started on Tuesday.

Carlos Armando Amado said in a lawsuit that he filed for a patent in 1990 for software that links Microsoft's Excel program with its Access database application via a single spreadsheet, and that he unsuccessfully tried to sell it to Microsoft two years later.

Amado is seeking damages that could exceed $500 million in in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Central California.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, began using his software without permission in various versions of Access, such as Access 95, 97, 2000 and 2002, according to Amado, who said he created the technology while he was a graduate student at Stanford University.

The suit did not specify a figure for damages, but Amado's attorneys estimated that it was about $2 per software copy sold, which would equal about half a billion dollars based on the software sold to date.

Joel Freed, Microsoft's attorney, disputed Amado's claims, saying Microsoft started working on such technology in 1989, three years before Amado approached the software giant with his idea.

At issue is a technology that allows computer users to transfer data back and forth between Excel and Access by using a spreadsheet.

Freed said the plaintiff had recreated the data transfer for the courtroom. "It's never happened with anyone outside this courtroom," he said.

Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake said the company currently has about 35 other patent infringement suits pending.

The jury trial is expected to last two weeks.

Source : Reuters

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TYPICAL MICROSOFT BEHAVIOR - 5/22/2005 10:31:51 AM   


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No wonder.  So, what else is new?  Microsoft plays hardball.  And they think that they  can always get away with it because they are Microsoft.  This comes to me as no surprise, since this is not the first time I have heard about such cases.  Anyone can  check out the cases of Sendo and as an example of typical Microsoft behavior.   As you will see, the evidence is overwhelming.  Here are the links ...   Sendo accuses Microsoft of dirty tricks   Microsoft's media monopoly   Goliath crushes David accuses Microsoft of theft   Microsoft ordered to uncover old e-mails   Burst, Microsoft agree to settle suit   Microsoft antitrust case takes Linux twist   Ballmer memo targets Linux   Microsoft sends message with Unix deal   Microsoft protecting rights-or Windows?  

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