MS wins Timeline patent case

Patent licensing arrangement valid, court rules

Microsoft has won the latest round in its battle with patent licensing company Timeline.

On May 29, the US District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed Timeline’s accusations of patent infringement, ruling that Microsoft’s patent licensing agreement with Timeline is valid.

The case dates back to 2005 when Timeline sued ProClarity for patent infringement.

A few months later, Microsoft acquired ProClarity and shortly after that, Timeline added Microsoft to the ProClarity suit.

wTimeline claimed to have terminated its contract with Microsoft based on breach of contract and charged the software giant with patent infringement.

In the May 29 ruling, the judge decided that Timeline couldn’t terminate the licensing agreement based on its breach of contract claims.

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