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Judge Bats Down Microsoft Bid To Toss Lucent Suit

Law360 (October 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Three technology giants have fallen short in their bid to have the $2 billion patent-infringement suit brought by Alcatel-Lucent over video-coding processes tossed as the larger intellectual property war between the companies rages on.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster denied Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc. and Gateway Inc.'s request to bounce the suit, rejecting the argument that the transfer of a pair of patents into a trust prior to Lucent and Alcatel's merger negated the company's infringement claims.

The ruling paves the way for the...
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