Lucent-Alcatel won a $1.53B verdict against Microsoft for infringing MP3 player patents.  But it lost it all on Microsoft’s motions for judgment as matter of law and new trial.  Lucent Technologies Inc. v. Gateway Inc., No. 02CV2060 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2007).  LA Times story here.

The order, available on the court’s PACER site, bars L-A’s claim under one patent (no infringement) and makes liability almost impossible under the other (Microsoft already has a license to use it).  Plus the court tossed the damages award as insupportable. 

Barry Barnett

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