Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to pay $388 million in damages after finding the Redmond, Wa-based software giant infringed on a patent held by Uniloc Inc., a co. which makes software that prevents people from illegally installing software on multiple PCs.
After struggling for six year the jury trial started in March. The Irvine, Calif.-based Uniloc received a favorable verdict from a jury in federal court in Rhode Island, which found that Microsoft infringed Uniloc’s patent on software that generates unique identities for licensed users.
The damages award is one of the largest on record in patent law disputes.
Microsoft said it will appeal the decision. [via CNNMoney]