Microsoft Verdict Set Aside
Microsoft caught a big break in federal court Monday, when a judge set aside the previous verdict that had awarded $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute, the New York Times reported. The award, the largest patent judgement in U.S. history, considered Microsoft’s use of MP3 technology.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudi Brewster wrote that while a previous court had found Microsoft infringed on two patents, it had in fact not infringed one of them, while the second patent was still open to question, and that a new trial would be needed to resolve the dispute. The suit was filed in 2003, when Alcatel-Lucent was still called Lucent Technologies.
The original judgment was awarded by a jury in February, and further trials are expected to deal with 11 other infringement claims against other companies, including Dell and Gateway.