Microsoft Denied Retrial Over Relational Database Patent Infringement Against Kaufman

    On January 25, 2021, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alvin Hellerstein denied Microsoft’s motion for “judgment as a matter of law, or in the alternative a new trial” over claims of infringement, validity, and damages in the matter of Kaufman v. Microsoft.

    Microsoft sought Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 50(b) and 59, arguing against plaintiff Michael Kaufman’s allegation of patent infringement against Microsoft’s Dynamic Data application. Kaufman’s patent in dispute relates to “an invention that helps users interact with relational computer databases,” which Judge Hellerstein found valid and affirmed the $7 million owed in damages.

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