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Microsoft Files Patent Suit Against Alcatel-Lucent

Law360 (February 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Software giant Microsoft Corp. has filed a federal infringement lawsuit against French rival Alcatel-Lucent, accusing the newly merged company of trampling several U.S. patents for communications management software.

The lawsuit alleges Alcatel-Lucent’s unified communications products infringe patents for computer and phone systems that monitor and run calls, messages and video communications. It was filed Feb. 16 in Delaware District Court.

In the complaint, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft accused the $25 billion telecommunications equipment firm of infringing—and inducing others to infringe—four patents issued to the company between 2001...
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