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Microsoft loses appeal, owes Alcatel-Lucent $512M in patent damages

Nilay Patel
06.20.08
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Sorting out the various Microsoft / Alcatel-Lucent patent infringement cases isn't exactly fun or easy, but here's another Post-It for that chart we know you're keeping at home: US District Judge Marilyn Huff has just upheld an earlier $368M damages ruling against Microsoft, and calculated that MS owes A-L a total of $512M for infringing those video-encoding patents that are obviously still so relevant to the proceedings in these cases. That's not the same as that earlier ruling that A-L hadn't infringed an MS patent, mind you -- and Redmond says it's going to appeal this decision as well, so this giant mess isn't going anywhere soon. Hey, guys? We're betting that working out a cross-licensing agreement would be way cheaper than all these legal fees you're racking up, you know? Just a thought. Okay, keep fighting. We totally care.

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