Microsoft has been ordered to pay $242 million to patent owner IPA Technologies after a federal jury in Delaware found that the company’s Cortana virtual assistant software infringed on one of IPA’s patents.

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The lawsuit, filed in 2018, alleged that Microsoft’s voice recognition technology violated IPA’s patent rights in computer-communications software.

The jury agreed with IPA after a week-long trial, finding that Microsoft’s Cortana infringed on a patent related to voice-based data navigation.

Microsoft has expressed its disappointment in the verdict and plans to appeal the decision.

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