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Microsoft Loses $388 Million Patent Trial

Microsoft lost the fifth-biggest patent judgment in U.S. history Wednesday in a case involving antipiracy software. A Rhode Island federal court jury slammed the software giant with a $388 million verdict for willfully infringing a patent owned by Uniloc Singapore Private Ltd. and Uniloc USA Inc.

The "product activation" feature in question prevents a single copy of a software program from being used on multiple computers by requiring users to register the software on a specific machine before using it.

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