SEATTLE A U.S. judge upheld a jury's ruling for
$368 million in damages against Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) for
violating patents held by Alcatel-Lucent (ALUA.PA).
U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff said in a Thursday ruling
that Microsoft owes Alcatel-Lucent a total of $512 million,
which includes interest on the original award.
After a jury ruled for Alcatel-Lucent in April, Microsoft
sought to have the ruling overturned. Last year, Microsoft was
successful in having thrown out a separate $1.5 billion damages
ruling over audio technology patents claimed by Alcatel.
"We had always believed we had a strong case and are
pleased that the judge agreed that the jury's thoughtful
verdict was well reasoned and supported by the evidence,"
Alcatel-Lucent spokeswoman Mary Ward said in a statement.
A Microsoft spokesman said the company said it plans to
appeal the decision and is confident that the damages award
will not be sustained on appeal.
The software maker joined Dell and Gateway to fight the
suit over technology used in Microsoft software licensed by
those computer manufacturers. Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent are
locked in several patent disputes, including a suit over
video-decoding technology in Microsoft's Xbox game console.
Microsoft said the two patents it was found to have
infringed upon related to technology that allows users to enter
dates into calendars and another used in tablet computers to
recognize patterns in handwriting.
(Reporting by Daisuke Wakabayashi; editing by Carol