Alca-Lu beats Microsoft in$367 million ruling

Microsoft must pay Alcatel-Lucent $367 million, according to the latest ruling in an ongoing series of patent infringement cases between the two companies. But, don't feel sorry for the software giant just yet. Microsoft lost a $1.5 billion patent infringement ruling to Alca-Lu last year, but the decision was overturned last August, and Microsoft will seek the same outcome for this ruling. The latest decision, from a U.S. District Court jury in San Diego, involved the France-based vendor's allegations that Microsoft infringed on a video coding patent and two user interface patents. The jury found in favor of the plaintiff on the latter two patents, but not on the video coding patent. Alcatel-Lucent had been seeking $1.75 billion in damages.

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