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MS patent award could affect Apple, others

updated 02:35 pm EST, Fri February 23, 2007

Apple endangered by ruling

[digg this] Microsoft on Thursday was ordered to pay more than $1.5 billion in damages to Alcatel-Lucent for violating two MP3 patents with its Windows operating system, which could lead to similar lawsuits and future royalty payments by other companies such as Apple, Yahoo!, and Dell. A federal jury in San Diego found that Microsoft violated MP3 patents held by Lucent, despite the Redmond-based company's claims that during the trial it used unrelated technologies and that the Lucent patents were invalid. Separate developer groups have claimed ownership of related MP3 patents, causing confusion and chaos in the licensing of the MP3 format, according to Electronista. The verdict of Microsoft's case, however, could affect a number of companies that believe they have already licensed related patents for the decoding and encoding of MP3 files.




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  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    DONT CLICK LINK!!!!

    It goes to Electronista.

  1. inkhead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmm...

    Wow MacNN doesn't do any research. Apple settle, and came to an undisclosed agreement 5 years ago when the iPod and music store was first a hit with Lucent. hahah I bet lucent wishes they would have waited.

  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple uses AAC

    Apple uses AAC, not MP3

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