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December 16, 2008 1:24 PM
Posted by Benjamin J. Romano
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent have settled six outstanding lawsuits over patents covering video and communications. Alcatel sued Microsoft for infringement of its patents in November 2006. Microsoft is still pursuing appeal of a $368 million verdict that Alcatel won this summer.
The protracted legal campaign brought what was described as the largest patent verdict in U.S. history -- a $1.52 billion award against Microsoft. After multiple appeals, however, the decision was reversed.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Microsoft issued a statement from Tom Burt, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel:
"This is a mutually beneficial agreement that closes the book on several distracting legal disputes with Alcatel-Lucent. We're happy to have much of this matter behind us so we can stay focused on innovating and building great products."