Microsoft fined £777 million

  Jimmy14 23:23 22 Feb 2007

Microsoft have been ordered to pay the French Phone Equipment company "Alcatel-Lucent" ($1.52 billion (£777 million) by a US court after infringing audio patents. Alcatel had sued Microsoft saying that the patents related to the standards used for converting audio to mp3 files had been breached. It is said that Microsoft may appeal against the juries decision. Microsoft has already payed $16 to German Company Fraunhofer for "licensing MP3 technology"

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  Z1100 23:49 22 Feb 2007


That is a whopping great chunk of cash, and not the first time. I never knew that.


  Totally-braindead 08:45 23 Feb 2007

Wondered about the second price you said as $16 is not enough to even buy a round of coffee, reading the article it was $16 million they have already been fined.
There goes Bills pocket money this week.

  dms05 08:46 23 Feb 2007

A lot of money. Yes. But only 10 days profits for MS.

  Newuser38 09:47 23 Feb 2007

Microsoft hit with $1.5 billion patent verdict
By Ina Fried, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: February 22, 2007, 1:16 PM PT

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Interesting that the report says they paidanother company for the rights now under question. Also seems that others e.g. Apple might be affected.

  spuds 17:17 23 Feb 2007

I think that we will find more court cases pending, as time goes on, with Microsoft's stance on the way they seem to do business.

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