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Greenvalv

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#1 11 years ago

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_bi_ge/microsoft_alcatel

Microsoft Corp. must pay $1.52 billion in damages to telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for violating two patents related to digital music, a federal jury ruled Thursday.

Meh, that's probably pocket change to them anyways... Through the article, they seem to be suggesting that Microsoft has done a lot of patent breaking... what gives?




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#2 11 years ago
G®33N<@|> Through the article, they seem to be suggesting that Microsoft has done a lot of patent breaking... what gives?

Meh, its Microsoft. Its not that surprising.




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#3 11 years ago

Not suprising at all.

Remember back in the day.. you know when "640 K ought to be enough for anyone" and when there was "only a world-market for five computers"..

Microsoft and Apple computer stole ideas and designs off of eachother several times, even from Xerox Globalsystems

For either of the corporations, stealing intellectual & patented properties is nothing new.. it's just Apple has learned better.




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#4 11 years ago

Normally Im all for seeing MS get pimp smacked but in this case I think they got shafted.

According to what I read Microsoft signed a deal with Fraunhoff for MP3 software rights backdated to 1988.

Fraunhoff was either bought or cooperated with At&T labs who became Lucent who was then bought by Alcatel. Alcatel got the rights to all software backdating to 1987. They then sued Dell and Gateway from Copyright Infringement.

Microsoft stepped in and said that Dell and Gateway should not be held accountable and that Microsoft should be the party served.

The Judge agreed and broke it into about 6 cases.

The first jury ruled against Microsoft.

There are about five more jury trials to go.




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#5 11 years ago

Wow. A whole 1.8% of Bill's total net worth down the pan there. Seems more like a slap on the wrist than a serious fine.

Doesn't surprise me in the slightest though. Things like this have been going on for years in the industry.




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#6 11 years ago

Welcome to the ever-evolving world of IP...

Knippschild;3551288Remember back in the day.. you know when "640 K ought to be enough for anyone" and when there was "only a world-market for five computers"..

Microsoft and Apple computer stole ideas and designs off of eachother several times, even from Xerox Globalsystems

You do realise that Gates never made either statement, and that Xerox sold almost all of it's IP in GUI and input systems, right?




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#7 11 years ago

$1.52 billion? That's nothing! :nodding: