Microsoft on Losing End of $1.5 Billion Verdict
In the conclusion of a suit that has lasted so long that the company that filed it has since changed its name, Microsoft must pay $1.5 billion in damages to Alcatel-Lucent (named Lucent when the suit was filed in 2003) for patent infringement. The patent in question involves MP3 encoding, giving the verdict a potential impact on other companies who license the technology, including Apple.
Five jury trials remain in Alcatel-Lucent’s suit, which has been split into six trials covering 13 total infringement claims. The next trial will deal with speech pattern technology. All five trials are expected to take place by the end of the year. Dell and Gateway are also listed as defendants in three of these trials, and are the sole defendants in the fourth trial.
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