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November 21, 2006

Alcatel sues Microsoft over patents

Posted by David Hunter at 9:04 PM ET.

Occasional Microsoft partner Alcatel is litigating some patent claims against Microsoft that seem related to their recent acquisition of Lucent Technologies:

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.



Filed under Alcatel-Lucent, Coopetition, Microsoft, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Xbox

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3 Responses to “Alcatel sues Microsoft over patents”

  1. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 9, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Alcatel may be suing Microsoft but they are still jointly selling IPTV. Filed under Office, Coopetition, Legal, Technologies, MSN, Windows Mobile, Google, Governmental Relations, General Business, MSN Book Search, Windows Live, Marketing, Office for Mac, Windows Live Expo, Windows Live Custom Domains, Privacy, Windows Live Search, IPTV, Alcatel, Windows Live Search Academic, Argo, Zune, Windows Live Connection Center Wi-Fi, Windows Live Search Books [...]

  2. Microsoft sues Alcatel -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft dropped off a holiday gift for occasional partner Alcatel yesterday – Microsoft Sues Alcatel-Lucent over Future Messaging (via Bink.nu): Microsoft filed suit against Alcatel-Lucent in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, claiming the French company is infringing on 10 of its patents involving future methods for transmitting combined voice and data messages. … Microsoft is seeking triple damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys fees and a full injunction against Alcatel-Lucent. There are more details on the technology by following the link, but presumably this is a counter suit in response to Alcatel’s suit against Microsoft from late November. Filed under Coopetition, Patents, Microsoft, Alcatel, Patent Lawsuits [...]

  3. Microsoft fined $1.5 billion in Alcatel-Lucent patent donnybrook -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] There were already earlier communications patent lawsuits filed by the parties ([1], [2]) as well as one over the Xbox. Filed under Coopetition, Patents, Microsoft, Alcatel, Patent Lawsuits [...]

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