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Microsoft lost the U.S. Supreme Court case in a unanimous decision Thursday. It will have to pay Toronto-based i4i $290 million. The technology industry also lost the chance to build a stronger defense against intellectual-property lawsuits.
"It's disappointing for the IT industry. There are a lot of marginal patents out there, and the opposite ruling would have made it a more level playing field for IT companies in dealing with marginal patents," said Michael Barclay, attorney and fellow at the Electronic Freedom Foundation in San Francisco.