Microsoft lucks out in latest patent case

by admin March 5, 2007 at 7:51 am

Judge dismisses Alcatel-Lucent claims…

A week after Microsoft was ordered to hand over $1.5bn in an Alcatel-Lucent MP3 patent dispute, a US federal judge has ruled the Windows maker did not violate a patent at the heart of a second trial which was set to begin soon.

The ruling from the bench by US District Judge Rudi Brewster in San Diego late last week relates to an Alcatel-Lucent patent covering speech coding technology, the companies said. The judge dismissed all of Alcatel-Lucent’s claims, which means a jury trial set to begin on 19 March will not proceed, said a Microsoft spokesman.

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