[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 21:26 GMT 22:26 UK
Microsoft wins AT&T appeal chance
Computer running Microsoft software
Microsoft software runs on more than 90% of the world's computers
The US Supreme Court has said it will hear an appeal from software company Microsoft over damages relating to a patent dispute with phone firm AT&T.

The dispute centres on accusations that Microsoft infringed an AT&T patent for converting speech into computer code.

According to a lower court decision, AT&T could seek royalties from the foreign sales of Microsoft's Windows programme that infringed the patent.

Winning the appeal could be worth millions of dollars to Microsoft.

The decision will rest on whether or not Microsoft is liable for overseas sales. Both companies reached an agreement over payments relating to domestic sales earlier this year.

Microsoft has acknowledged its liability for domestic sales.

Microsoft profits beat estimates
26 Oct 06 |  Business
Microsoft fixes flawed bug patch
25 Aug 06 |  Technology
Microsoft unveils Vista editions
27 Feb 06 |  Technology

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific