Microsoft Lose Patent Dispute against Alcatel, Ordered to Pay $70 Million

Microsoft Corporation has been ordered to pay a hefty amount to telecom firm Alcatel Lucent in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2003.

According to the AFP, a federal jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of California on Friday ordered Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. to pay US $70 million to Paris, France-based global telecommunications company to settle the patent infringement case filed by the latter nearly eight years ago.

Alcatel-Lucent accused Microsoft for violating patents to develop variety of its products including its famous email service Outlook, Windows Mobile and Microsoft Money. The lawsuit was originally filed by Lucent before it collaborated with Alcatel.

"This [latest] trial came about after the Federal Circuit ordered a new trial on damages, overturning an original judgment of over $500 million for the same patent.” Microsoft stated in an official statement.

The company was initially accused of infringing two patents in 2007 by the jury of the same court and was ordered to pay $358 million; however, the judge refuted the order claiming that the company has infringed only one of the two patents filed by Lucent Technologies between 2003 and 2006 and is liable to pay $70 million.

The spokesperson of Microsoft Corp. has not hinted if the company is willing to file against the appeal.