After Huge Loss, Microsoft Wins a Round in Court
It may not have softened the blow of a $1.5 billion judgment less than two weeks before, but Microsoft saved some face on Monday, as a federal judge issued a summary judgment that the software giant had not in fact infringe on an Alcatel-Lucent patent on speech-coding technology.
The ruling follows one from Feb. 22, when a jury ordered $1.5 billion in damages in finding Microsoft liable for infringing on patents for mp3 music technology. A twist in the multi-part case is that Lucent Technologies, which says it developed the technology, no longer exists. A French company, Alcatel, purchased it in late 2006.
Both sides in the case have vowed to appeal the respective judgments.