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Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent drop patent lawsuit

Decade old court battle fizzles out
Fri Jan 20 2012, 09:48

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent have ended their patent lawsuit and told the judge that they have had enough.

The lawsuit has lasted ten years so it is perhaps through attrition that it has come to an end. Either way both parties asked US District Court Judge Marilyn Huff to dismiss all claims and just get over the whole business.

The legal battle had its roots in AT&T and Microsoft Outlook and concerned a method of entering information into fields. Microsoft defended against patent infringement claims, and in 2009 Alcatel-Lucent was awarded $358m in damages. This was later reduced to $26.3m.

According to Bloomberg, Judge Huff granted the joint motion to dismiss all claims in the lawsuit with both sides agreeing to bear their own costs.

We have asked both parties to comment.

A spokesperson for Alcatel-Lucent told us that the firm was happy that the suit had come to an end, but was always keen to defend its IP.

"We are pleased to have reached a settlement that finally resolves Microsoft's infringing use of the Day Patent technology. The jury verdict and Court judgment made it clear that the Day patent is a valuable patent and we are happy to put years of litigation over this patent to an end," said the spokesperson.

"Alcatel Lucent views its intellectual property as a vital asset, and we work hard to preserve and defend that asset." µ



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