Techdirt: Fallout From Alcatel-Lucent's Patent Nuclear War With Microsoft Continues
Forum » Resources / News picks » Techdirt: Fallout From Alcatel-Lucent's Patent Nuclear War With Microsoft Continues
Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 31 Jan 2008 22:40
Number of posts: 1
rss icon RSS: New posts
Summary:
For example, Alcatel-Lucent went after Microsoft on a questionable patent concerning MP3 technology. While Alcatel-Lucent initially won that battle to the tune of $1.5 billion, everything's gone down hill since then. First, Microsoft hit back at Alcatel-Lucent, dredging up a bunch of patents it claimed the company was violating. Then, a judge overturned the $1.5 billion ruling. Now, Microsoft's patent attack on Alcatel-Lucent has succeeded, as a judge at the US International Trade Commission (yes, Microsoft is also using the popular loophole in patent law here) has determined that Alcatel-Lucent has infringed, suggesting that its products be barred from the US. While this seems like a silly ruling, it does show how if you're going to play the game of accusing companies of patent infringement, you might get burned yourself.
New Post