WASHINGTON, Sept 25 Alcatel-Lucent ALUA.PA
lost a fight to win back a $1.5 billion award against Microsoft
(MSFT.O) as an appeals court ruled on Thursday in favor of the
software giant in the patent battle.
A lower court jury in San Diego had found that Microsoft
infringed two MP3 digital music patents but U.S. District Judge
Rudi Brewster disagreed with the jury, and said Microsoft had
not violated one of the patents and had licensed the other. The
judge threw out the jury's award.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which
hears appeals in patent cases, agreed with the lower court
"We affirm the lower court's grant of JMOL (judgment as a
matter of law) based on lack of standing for one patent and
based on non-infringement for the other patent," the court said
in its ruling.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)