The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a patent-infringement case involving Microsoft and i4i today. A ruling in Microsoft's favor could decrease the burden of proof required for showing that a patent is invalid, experts say. The case's potential has caught the attention of many large companies. General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and 10 other companies have submitted a brief to the court supporting i4i's stance, while another 18 companies, including Verizon Communications and Google, have submitted briefs supporting Microsoft's position.
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