Well, patent trolls beware -- the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Microsoft's appeal of a $290 million patent infringement verdict against it. Microsoft argues that the patent it purportedly infringed is invalid and, therefore, cannot be enforced. The price issue on which the U.S. Supreme Court will rule is whether Microsoft would need to demonstrate invalidity by "a preponderance of evidence" (i.e., essentially more than 50%) or, instead, by "clear and convincing evidence" (which is a much higher bar that must be crossed). Right now, the relevant standard is the higher "clear and convincing" standard.
Microsoft has interesting allies in this fight -- including arch-nemeses Apple and Google.
And, many in the tech industry will be on Microsoft's side on this one.