Computerworld: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Microsoft's appeal in a patent infringement case brought by Canadian developer i4i. Microsoft lost the original lawsuit and was required to pay a $290 million and to modify its Word software. A lower court had previously declined to hear Microsoft's appeal.
Microsoft asserts that it should be easier to prove that patents are invalid. Several organizations including Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel and Yahoo have filed "friend of the court" briefs in favor of Microsoft's position.