Microsoft to pay Alcatel $70M in patent ruling

A federal jury in San Diego today ruled that Microsoft must pay $70 million in damages to telecommunications infrastructure maker Alcatel-Lucent, stemming from a patent infringement claim that dates back to 2003.

The patent, which was originally applied for by engineers at AT&T, covers a method of entering information into fields on a computer screen without using a keyboard. Lucent initially sued computer makers Gateway and Dell for infringing on the patent in 2002, with Microsoft intervening.

An earlier trial involving the same parties found Microsoft guilty of infringing on that patent in the company's Outlook e-mail … Read more

Microsoft wins reversal of MP3 patent decision

Microsoft has won a reversal of a $1.5 billion jury verdict against it for infringing on a patent for MP3 technology held by Alcatel-Lucent.

Judge Rudi Brewster of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California tossed out the damages after finding that a jury improperly ruled that Microsoft infringed on one of two patents at issue for MP3 sound technology. The new ruling holds that one of the patents in the case was not actually owned outright by Lucent, and since Microsoft had a license to that particular patent through its co-owner, it's off … Read more