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TV patent suit against Micrsoft to go to trial

A California judge has denied three motions for summary judgement in a patent infringement case filed by TV Interactive Data (TVI) against Microsoft. The case will now proceed to trial.

TVI has alleged that Microsoft's "autoplay" feature in Windows infringes upon patents it holds for the automatic startup of an application after a storage device has been inserted into a PC or other device.

Microsoft had sought a summary judgement to dismiss all of TVI's claims before they reached trial, claiming they were without merit in documents filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Judge Jeffrey White denied Microsoft's motions, saying the company had insufficient evidence to prove the case should be dismissed without a hearing. The case is expected to move forward later this year.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service


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