Alcatel Ties Up Microsoft In Communication Patent Suits

Law360 (November 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. unit of French telecommunications giant Alcatel SA has fired off two infringement suits against Microsoft Corp. over a series of communication patents.

Alcatel USA Resources Inc. lodged the suits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, alleging that Microsoft provided components from the United States to be used overseas in a manner violating seven of its patents.

The Plano, Tex.-based company and Microsoft have been engaged in intellectual property licensing talks, and the lawsuits stem from disagreements that...
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