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Alcatel-Lucent lost its case against Microsoft, but the company is still $1.54 billion richer this week

Alcatel-Lucent's lawsuit alleging that Microsoft infringed on its speech to text technology has been thrown out the door by a U.S. federal judge. According to the ruling, Microsoft was found not guilty of infringing on technology held by Alcatel-Lucent.

The win for Microsoft comes shortly after it lost another case to Alcatel-Lucent where Microsoft was ordered to pay $1.54 billion USD in damages. The award is the largest in U.S. history for any patent case.

Judge Rudi Brewster dismissed all of Alcatel-Lucent's arguments, claiming in summary judgment that Microsoft clearly does not infringe upon any patents. A jury trial was set to begin on March 19th of this year, but since all claims were dismissed, the trial will no longer take place. Alcatel-Lucent said it will appeal the ruling. "We've made strong arguments supporting our view," said Joan Campion, a representative for Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent launched a patent infringement case against Microsoft for technologies used in the Xbox 360. More than seven patents were part of the claim and included technologies used for processing video and communicating online.

Despite Alcatel-Lucent's plan to appeal, Microsoft stated that the federal ruling proved it did no wrong doing. "This ruling reaffirms our confidence that once there's judicial review of these complex patent cases, these Alcatel-Lucent claims ultimately won't stand up," said Tom Burt, deputy general counsel to Microsoft.

Alcatel lost a previous suit against Microsoft that started in 2003, where Alcatel also filed for patent infringement.  The company still has several high-profile patent cases pending against Microsoft; many are due for summary judgment in the next few weeks.



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Patent lawsuits are like...
By FITCamaro on 3/6/2007 10:19:36 AM , Rating: 3
Fighting in the Middle East. Neither will ever end. And both are equally pointless.




RE: Patent lawsuits are like...
By Anosh on 3/6/2007 10:48:03 AM , Rating: 3
When it comes to fighting and the loss of lives I agree with you but in patents I do not.

When others steal your creations they should be punished for it.

Am I mistaken if I say that the whole idea of patents is for others to see how it's done so that they might be able to find other ways of doing the same thing but not with your method?

If yes then this is a method for progress and creativity since it pushes people to think and develop.

The alternative would be no patents which would result in ideas being ripped off as soon as they hit the market. Which in turn lead to people not even trying to come up with new things.


RE: Patent lawsuits are like...
By Dodg3r on 3/6/2007 11:05:36 AM , Rating: 3
Do you mean to say that without patent protection people wouldn't want to come up with new ideas because their neighbors would copy them? How on earth did humanity make progress before patents I wonder...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing patents. I do recognize the fact that they have some merit. But when we see people trying to get ludicrous amounts of money out of the "I beat you to the patent office" business, I does leave a bad taste.

I mean, 1.54 billion?


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/6/2007 12:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
The case regarding the MP3 and the 1.54 Billion imposed against Microsoft will be thrown out during the Appeals process. It only made it that far because the Judge wanted to stick it to Microsoft, and the Jury was extremely ignorant to the case at hand.

That said, Alcatel-Lucent is little more than a Patent Troll these days. Nothing to see here folks, move along.


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