Judge's Claim Constructions Boost Alcatel

Law360, New York (July 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Alcatel USA Resources Inc. received a boost Friday in its ongoing patent battle with Microsoft Corp. when a federal judge agreed with the majority of its claim constructions, finding that most of Microsoft's constructions were improperly limited.

Altogether, Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled on 20 disputed terms in the four patents in issue. All the patents are related to video playback and generally concern methods and apparatuses that provide nonsequential access to audiovisual digital data....
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