Japanese Case Could Lead to Suits, Microsoft Says

A legal dispute between Microsoft and Japanese antitrust regulators is likely to conclude next year and might lead to lawsuits or other patent infringement complaints against the software company, an executive said. Any such action will likely happen only in Japan, apply to Japanese patents filed in 2004 or earlier, and won't affect U.S. patents, Microsoft Corp. Senior Vice President Brad Smith said during a trip to Tokyo.

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