Microsoft Laughs In Lucent's Face

Microsoft has come away unscathed from the $1.52 billion lawsuit won by Alcatel-Lucent who claimed MS had infringed on two MP3 digital-music patents. But U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster ruled that the jury’s award could not be fulfilled because MS had a valid license for one of the two patents. Brewster stated that “supplemental damages, prejudgment and post judgment interest, and a permanent injunction is denied as moot since Lucent is no longer the prevailing party.” Of course, Alcatel-Lucent will appeal the verdict and this case will drag on for a few more months.

Microsoft Judge Negates Alcatel-Lucent MP3 Patent Win [Bloomberg]