Wednesday, January 18, 2012

History of a lawsuit: Lucent vs Microsoft.

In 2002, Lucent brought a patent infringement lawsuit against two PC manufacturers over US4763356, Touch Screen Form Entry System. Microsoft intervened and became a party in the suit.

Originally, Lucent requested $561M in damages, while Microsoft offered $6.5M in response.
In 2009, a jury awarded Lucent $358M, but the judge ruled the award excessive. In 2011, a re-trial jury awarded Lucent $70M, but US District Judge in San Diego reduced the award to $26.3M.

Today, Lucent and Microsoft settled for an undisclosed sum. 

tags: patent, law, business

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