Amici weigh in on Microsoft’s damages appeal
Thirteen companies representing 18 industries have filed an amicus brief in the closely watched Federal Circuit case between Lucent and Microsoft, making the proper way to calculate damages in patent infringement cases once again a hot topic
In June last year, a California judge upheld a jury's
finding that Microsoft must pay Alcatel-Lucent more than $511
million in damages, after interest, for infringing
Alcatel-Lucent's US patents 4,763,356 and 5,347,295.
The '356 patent relates to technology that allows users to
choose a calendar date from a menu, while the '295 patent
covers a "position-sensed stylus" to control a notebook
Microsoft appealed the decision to the Federal Circuit, and
is being supported by several amici in the software
industry, including Apple, SAP and Oracle, who argue that the
method of calculating damages in infringement cases is
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