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Submission + - Microsoft hit with $1.52 billion patent suit damag

ourcraft writes: Microsoft hit with $1.52 billion patent suit damages. t_verdict_dc_4

NEW YORK (Reuters) — A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT — news) infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent (ALU.PA) (NYSE:ALU — news) and should pay $1.52 billion in damages, Microsoft said on Thursday.

Microsoft said it plans to first ask the trial judge to knock down the ruling and will appeal if necessary. It said the verdict is unsupported by the law or the facts.

Alcatel-Lucent had accused the world's biggest software maker of infringing patents related to standards used for playing computer music, or MP3, files.

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