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
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.