Microsoft Appeals Patent Ruling

Microsoft has vowed to appeal a $367.4 million payment to Alcatel-Lucent after the U.S. District Court jury of San Diego found that handwriting recognition technology in Microsoft's tablet software infringed on pattern recognition patents held by Alcatel-Lucent. Additionally, it stated that some of Microsoft's programs, including the Outlook e-mail application and the Windows Mobile operating system, infringed on an Alcatel-Lucent patent in the way users select calendar dates from a menu. However, MS was found not to have infringed on a video decoding patent related to the way the Windows operating system plays DVDs.

"We do not believe the jury's verdict against Microsoft on the two user interface patents is supported by the facts or the law," said Tom Burt, a deputy general counsel at Microsoft, in a statement. "We will move immediately to have the two verdicts against Microsoft overturned."

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