Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership
|Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership|
|Argued April 18, 2011|
Decided June 9, 2011
|Full case name||Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership|
|Citations||564 U.S. 91 (more)|
|Majority||Sotomayor, joined by Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Kagan|
|Concurrence||Breyer, joined by Scalia, Alito|
|Concurrence||Thomas (in judgment)|
|Roberts took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.|
Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership, 564 U.S. 91 (2011), was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Under 35 U.S.C. § 282, a patent is entitled to a presumption of validity in court. In i4i, the Court held that when a court reviews the validity of a patent, the presumption may only be overcome based on clear and convincing evidence.
The case was a patent dispute between i4i Ltd. Partnership and Microsoft: i4i charged that Microsoft Word infringed on i4i's patent; Microsoft argued that the clear and convincing evidence standard applied by the Federal Circuit was inappropriate and that a preponderance of the evidence standard should be applied. The Court rejected Microsoft's position.