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Z4 v. Microsoft and Autodesk (2006, USA)

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z4 sued Microsoft and Autodesk for infringement of a patent on use of software product activation codes.

Microsoft was ordered to pay US$115 million in April 2006. At this point, Autodesk settled out of court.

Microsoft's fine was later increased to US$142, and finally settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.[1] Microsoft had asked the US Supreme Court to review an aspect of the case but this procedure was cancelled when the litigation was settled out of court.

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  1. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2004409635_bizbriefs13.html

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