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requirements. The Office of Policy and International Affairs provides guidance, conduct programs and studies, to interact with international IP offices involving protection on intellectual property. The Office of General Counsel takes care of the defense of the agency in court. The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity ensures equal employment opportunity and eliminates discriminatory practices. The Office of the Chief Communications Officer manages the public affairs function and coordinates a wide variety of internal and external communications. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer ensures that the customer fee payment are accurate and recorded, ensuring protection of property.
In 2007 i4i had a dispute with micorsoft and ended up winning the case. I4i isa small technology company in Canada and filed a patent for an invention that makesit possible for computers to use regular word processors as XML/SGML in 1994. Theinvention was a system that allowed users to remove dependency on document encoding technology. In 2007 Micorsoft filed for a re-examination on the patent and were all declined by the USPTO. Later on the owner of i4i successfully sued microoft for infringing the patent. The court awarded the small company $240 million for infringing product, Microsoft Word.