The patent dispute between Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent continues to take place in US courts. If Bill Gates’ company was forced to pay a $ 1.5 billion fine last week for infringing MP3 format patents, this time a federal judge ruled in favor of software house in a dispute related to speech recognition technology.
According to Reuters, the lawsuit was also brought by Alcatel-Lucent, and is related to the patents on a technology that converts voice to text.
The ruling gives a negative opinion to all accusations about Microsoft and was read before the official hearing, which was set for March 19 this year.
After the judge’s opinion was published, a spokesman for Alcate-Lucent said the company has strong arguments to support the prosecution and that the appeal against the legal decision should be initiated.
Both companies are involved in several patent disputes, the third to be evaluated is related to a video encoding technology that Microsoft uses on the Xbox 360 console.
2007-02-23 – Microsoft ordered to pay $ 1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent for patent infringement