Shock: Microsoft hit with $1.5bn patent ruling

by admin February 23, 2007 at 8:29 am

Alcatel-Lucent in the money over MP3 tech…

A federal jury in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5bn to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over MP3 audio technology used in Windows.

In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003. The case could have broader implications, should Alcatel-Lucent pursue claims against other companies that use the widespread MP3 technology.

An Alcatel-Lucent representative praised the ruling. “We made strong arguments supporting our view, and we’re pleased with the court’s decision,” said a spokeswoman.

In a statement, Microsoft deputy general counsel Tom Burt said the software titan believes the verdict “is completely unsupported by the law or the facts”.

He added: “We will seek relief from the trial court, and if necessary, appeal.”

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