In 1999, Eolas Technologies sued Microsoft for patent infringement over its implementation of ActiveX. The Patent, No. 5,838,906t, owned by the University of California and exclusively licensed to Eolas, deals with third party plug-ins. A jury decision was reached in August 2003, ordering Microsoft to pay $520.6 million in damages.
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