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Microsoft has $358m Alcatel patent award overturned

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Fri September 11, 2009

Alcatel's $358m MS damages seen excessive

Microsoft today claimed a partial victory in its ongoing patent disputes with Alcatel-Lucent. Judges for the US Federal Court of Appeals overturned a $358 million award given to Alcatel for Microsoft's alleged infringing of a patent through a calendar grid feature in Windows Mobile, Money and Outlook. The officials maintained that Microsoft had still violated the patent but that the monetary damages didn't relate to the actual damage to Alcatel's business and that Alcatel hadn't provided the necessary proof.

In its defense, Microsoft had argued that the feature was worth $6.5 million. Representative Kevin Kutz said the company was "pleased" with the results.

Alcatel said it was "disappointed" with the decision.

The reversal is the latest in a series of legal salvos fired by both of the companies. Alcatel filed multiple lawsuits agains Microsoft in November of 2006 claiming that some of its more generic technology was illegally copied, including MP3 format use and the Xbox. Most of the dispute was resolved in December of last year and has more than once involved overturned damages.

Despite the reach of the involved technology, Alcatel hasn't paid significant attention to other successful companies that use calendar grids, MP3s, video rendering or other techniques, such as Apple.



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  1. climacs

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    interesting

    that this was pointed out at the end of the story:

    Despite the reach of the involved technology, Alcatel hasn't paid significant attention to other successful companies that use calendar grids, MP3s, video rendering or other techniques, such as Apple.

    But ultimately this does not mean anything at all with regards to the legitimacy of Alcatel's claims. They may simply want to get a settled judgement - as big as possible - and then use it to bludgeon smaller players like Apple into paying up as well. This is a common tactic in civil litigation where there are several potential defendants with big pockets.

    Rather than taking on everyone at once... you win a case, get a big judgement and use that as the standard by which you negotiate with everyone else.

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