Alcatel SA, the world’s largest supplier of broadband Internet equipment, sued Microsoft Corp., accusing it of infringing patents for digital video and communication networks.
Alcatel filed two lawsuits Friday in federal court in Tyler, Texas. The complaints don’t spell out how Paris-based Alcatel believes Microsoft is infringing its patents. Alcatel said it is in licensing talks with Microsoft.
Microsoft spokesman Guy Esnouf said in an e-mailed statement that the company is reviewing the suits.
“Alcatel’s recent filing appears related to long-standing patent litigation between Lucent and Microsoft in U.S. District Court in San Diego, which Alcatel is inheriting as part of its merger with Lucent,” he said in the statement.
The Lucent patents, at least, are related to video technology used in the Xbox. Todd Bishop at the Seattle PI has the court documents here.