San Francisco: A U.S. jury found Microsoft guilty of infringing Alcatel-Lucent patents on 22 February 2007 and ordered the software giant to pay the French-US firm $1.5 billion (Rs6,600 crore).
“We think this verdict is completely unsupported by the law or the facts,” Microsoft general counsel Tom Burt said in a written statement. “We will seek relief from the trial court, and if necessary appeal.”
Alcatel-Lucent operated as Lucent when it filed a US federal lawsuit in 2003 claiming Microsoft partners, including computer makers Dell and Gateway, used Windows software that infringed its patented technology.
The jury trial that ended in U.S. District Court in the southern California city of San Diego on 22 February centered on MP3 audio technology used in Windows Media Player software.