"In a legal battle against a company like Microsoft the scales could seem to be tipped in favour of the side with the deepest pockets. But a jury in the United States has found that the software company wilfully infringed a patent lodged by an Australian inventor. It's ordered Microsoft to pay more than $500-million in damages for using the anti-piracy technology devised by Ric Richardson in 1993. BRAD DAVIS: "I can't disclose what we've spent; we're a private company, so I can't really get into that. You know, we managed. And just by the way, we have our own products, we have customers. We're not in the business of suing people. We don't rely upon any of these awards to operate the company, so if ultimately we get a capital out of this award, we will use it to grow the company - we're not going to, you know, disperse it out to shareholders." "