Late Thursday, Judge Marilyn L Huff in Seattle ordered Microsoft Corp to pay Alcatel-Lucent $511.6 million in damages and interest, letting stand a jury’s decision that the software maker infringed on two patents. Microsoft decided to appeal the decision, which marked the latest move in a 5-year-old patent scuffle between the two companies.
The world’s largest software maker had asked the US District Court in San Diego to reconsider a federal jury’s award in April to Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent of $357.7 million in damages. The jury found that the software maker infringed on an Alcatel patent that covers how software users select a calendar date from a menu in certain programs, including Microsoft Outlook and Windows Mobile. The jury also awarded Alcatel-Lucent $10.4 million from Microsoft after finding the software maker infringed on a patent related to the use of a stylus on a tablet computer.
The federal judge denied Microsoft’s request that she reconsider those findings, and on the other hand, she raised the amount of damages due Alcatel-Lucent. The amounts now include prejudgment interest to compensate for how long it took to resolve the matter.