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Microsoft loses case

Battle over patents
23 Feb 07 - A San Diego court has ordered Microsoft to pay a French phone equipment company $1.52 billion (£777 million), after ruling they had infringed audio patents.

Alcatel-Lucent sued Microsoft over the use of two patents that allowed users to convert audio into MP3 files. The ruling is the largest ever for patent infringement.

Microsoft claimed it had licensed the MP3 technology from a German firm, but the court ruled in Alcatel-Lucent's favour.

Microsoft said it will appeal against the decision it describes as 'unsupported by the law or the facts'.

Jacqueline Springer

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