Microsoft has found itself in hot water, with an ongoing lawsuit from Zhongyi Electronic. On Wednesday, Beijing's Municipal Higher People's Court began hearing the intellectual property violation allegations against the U.S. tech giant.
In 1995, Zhongyi Electronic entered into a contract with Microsoft, allowing Microsoft to use its Zheng Coding -- a Chinese character input system-- in its Windows 3.2 and Windows 95 packages. Zhongyi alleges that since then, Microsoft has incorporated Zheng Coding in subsequent versions of Windows, but hasn't made licensing payments to the Chinese firm.
Later in 2007, Zhongyi filed proceedings against Microsoft in Beijing, with Microsoft arguing Zheng Coding wasn't protected by a patent. In 2009, the court held in favour of the Chinese company.