The US Supreme Court has agreed to review a patent infringement case brought forward by Canadian firm i4i against software giant Microsoft.
The case, which revolves around Microsoft's use of XML technology in its Word software, was decided in favour of i4i last year.
As a result, Microsoft was asked by the courts to remove the infringing technology from its software and pay $290 million in damages to i4i.
The Supreme Court has now decided to review the judgement passed against Microsoft.
David Howard, the deputy general counsel at Microsoft, said in a statement: “We are gratified by the court's decision. It's a clear affirmation that the issues raised in this case are critical to the integrity of our patent system. We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, i4i insists that any further changes to the ruling should be brought by congress and not the courts.