Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent settle dispute
- 19 January, 2012 08:54
Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent have settled a patent dispute, following a jury verdict last year that would have had Microsoft pay US$70 million for infringement.
The companies did not reveal details of the deal, but Microsoft said the settlement is "to the satisfaction of both parties," in a statement.
The case revolves around the so-called Day patent which Microsoft was found to use in Outlook when it lets someone add an appointment to a calendar by clicking on a calendar date and entering information in the field with the relevant date. The patent was initially awarded to a division of AT&T that was spun off as Lucent and was ultimately acquired by Alcatel.
Last year a jury said Microsoft should pay Alcatel-Lucent for infringing the patent. But in October, after Microsoft appealed, the court knocked down that payment to $26.3 million.
In the order dismissing the case, the court said that Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent will pay their own costs and attorneys fees.