CORRECTED: Microsoft, AT&T Win Fees In 'Exceptional' Patent Case

Law360, Los Angeles (September 2, 2016, 8:32 PM EDT) -- A Texas judge Friday granted Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. attorneys' fees after the companies defeated an inventor's suit claiming infringement of his software patents, saying the man’s litigation conduct “demonstrates a pattern of obfuscation and bad faith.”

Keith Raniere filed suit against AT&T and Microsoft in February 2015, asserting the technology giants infringed upon five patents that he owned for technology covering network conferencing systems. (Credit: AP) In her 13-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn determined the cases filed by plaintiff Keith Raniere qualified as “exceptional” due to the manner in which it was litigated, including the plaintiff’s...

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