"An impressive list of industry heavyweights filed briefs with
the U.S. Supreme Court today to back up Microsoft in its bid to
change a central standard by which patent-infringement lawsuits are
won and lost.
"When Microsoft appealed to the Supreme Court in August, in a
last-ditch effort to reverse a $290 million award to i4i Inc., the
software giant also called on the high court to reconsider how the
nation's judicial system determines the validity of patents.
"Today's amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs -- filed
by the likes of Google, Apple, Intel, Yahoo, Dell, Hewlett-Packard,
Facebook, Walmart, Toyota and more -- support Microsoft's effort to
make the infringement standard more defendant-friendly and ward off