Judge in MP3 case to Microsoft: time to pay up

Microsoft has been ordered to pay up $1.5bn for violating MP3 patents owned by Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.


US federal judge Rudi Brewster told the software giant that it's time to pay damages, after a trial jury found Microsoft guilty in February.

The judge ordered the $1.5bn to be split between Lucent and Alcatel - the latter inherited the case along with its 2005 purchase of Lucent. According to Brewster the court finds "no just reason for the delay and therefore enters final judgment on these patents". Microsoft stepped into the case, originally brought by Lucent against Gateway and Dell, in case it was obliged to re-reimburse the OEMs should they lose.

Microsoft is still in the appeals phase of the case, with a hearing expected in June, so is not likely to panicked by this latest chapter in its legal woes.

The order came as - on the other side of the country - the US Supreme Court ruled 7-1 in Microsoft's favor that it did not infringe AT&T's IP in encoding and compression of speech in Windows.

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actually Microsoft is huge becasue Bill gates mum was a very high profile lawyer and his dad worked for IBM (or the other way around i always forget) and he stole DOS and copyrighted it. the end

Microsoft are the evil empire. I say: "What goes around comes around"

The only reason Microsoft have become one of the worlds richest companies
in 25 years, is because it screws it's customers, it's collaborators and
it's competitors. Is this the American way?

If Microsoft looses a legal battle, it will not be for the lack of slick lawyers.
or political clout!

Boo, They just like to pick on the big guys. Poor Poor M$. Hopefully they can reduce the price they have to pay for Like maybe 250Mil between the two, that sounds reasonable for patent infringing.

Neztea

I suggest you read up on the case, this isn't a simple patent infringement case and MS actually isn't the guilty party here, they are being completely screwed no matter what amount they get charged.

Whats funny is you immediately assume MS is guilty just like most people

Qumahlin said,
I suggest you read up on the case, this isn't a simple patent infringement case and MS actually isn't the guilty party here, they are being completely screwed no matter what amount they get charged.

Whats funny is you immediately assume MS is guilty just like most people

Absolutely agreed-on, Qumahlin!

Bashing Microsoft has become the "Heroin-chic" of the High-Tech industry. Fairly pathetic, actually.