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Date: 06-07-2005

Case Style: Carlos A Amado v. Microsoft Corp

Case Number: 8:03-cv-00242-DOC-AN

Judge: David O. Carter

Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California, Santa Ana, Orange County

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Charles S. Barquist, Vincent J. Belusko, Hector Gallegos and Nicole Smith of Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles, California

Defendant's Attorney:

James S. Blackburn and Michael C. Augustini of Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles; Isabella Fu of Microsoft Corporation


Carlos Amado, age 50, sued Microsoft Corporation for patent infringement for infringing a patent he received in 1994 for software linking the company's excel spreadsheet and access database programmes. Amado offered to licence the technology to Microsoft in shortly after he received the patent but Microsoft declined his offer but added the same functionality to its office suite of produced shortly thereafter.

The defenses asserted by Microsoft to Amado's claim are not available.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $9 million.

Plaintiff's Experts: Richard Taylor, University of California - Irvine

Richard Donaldson

Defendant's Experts: Douglas Tolbert; Charles Donohoe; David Kaplan

Comments: None

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