Microsoft’s appeal, against the last month’s decision imposed by the U.S. District Court in I4i v. Microsoft Corp patent infringement case, has been successful in staying the district court order on its Word program.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington) put on hold the order imposed by the district court until the final hearing in the appeal proceedings. The last month’s decision by the District court had found Microsoft infringing patents relating to customizing XML, a way of encoding data to exchange information among programs and ordered the world’s biggest software maker to alter its Word Software program by 10th Oct or halt its sales in addition to a $200 mn fine.

Oral arguments on the appeal are scheduled for Sept. 23 in Washington.