In what looks like an uphill tasks for Uniloc Singapore and Uniloc USA in their patent infringement case against Microsoft, they finally won the court case and was awarded a princely sum of $388 million for their perseverance.

The most ironic of the whole thing is, the court found that Microsoft has copied  the same algorithm in their anti-piracy software to prevent users to make copies of MS Office or Windows operating system that belongs to Uniloc.

The Federal Circuit concluded that the District Court erred in granting Summary Judgment by failing to credit this admission of Microsofts affiants confirming that the same algorithms at issue were used in Microsofts system. The Federal Circuit also flatly rejected all of Microsofts alternative claim construction arguments.

Uniloc sells a product call Softanchor that does, among others:

  • Prevents the creation, distribution, and use of unauthorized copies
  • Find out precisely who is using your software
  • Whether they’re legal or “unconverted” users
  • Where illegal copies originate and where they travel

Apparently Ric Richardson, an Aussie, now based in Orange County, the creator of the software, and founder of Uniloc, showed Microsoft of his invention back in 1993. So, if only Microsoft would have think ahead and just buy Uniloc back then, they would have save some money (and blushes) before the lawsuit was filed in 2003.

For some reason, an earlier report by Business Times said the award was like $588 mn, but I think the correct figure should be $388 mn, but it seems the jury can still raise the figure higher, if that’s true, it will be a wind fall for Uniloc.