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Jury orders Microsoft to pay Alcatel-Lucent $367M

Posted: 09 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement? Microsoft-Alcatel suit? software?

Alcatel-Lucent scored partial victory as a San Diego court jury has ordered the Microsoft Corp. Apr. 4 to pay the telecom company $367.4 million, according to an Agence France Presse report.

The software giant, however, claimed the decision a major win as the jury concluded Microsoft did not infringe on all four patents at issue and denied Alcatel-Lucent the $1.75 billion in damages it sought.

The trial zeroed in on the last four patents in a 15-patent suit the telecom firm filed in 2003 against PC makers Dell and Gateway for allegedly selling machines with Microsoft software that used Alcatel technology without permission.

The trial involved technology used for playing DVDs in Windows, along with Microsoft Outlook, Money, and Windows Mobile programs. The jury in San Diego court favored Microsoft, acquitting the software giant from video decoding and color video display technology infringement allegations.

Microsoft general counsel Tom Burt commented that the on the video patent is not only for the software firm but also for the more than 1,300 companies that have valid licenses to use VC1 and MPEG video decoding technology.

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