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Microsoft fined $1.5 billion on MP3 patent abuse

Microsoft fined $1.5 billion for infringing MP3 encoding/decoding patent
Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft must pay $1.5 billion in damages to Alcatel-Lucent for infringing on patents for MP3 encoding and decoding technology, a US jury declared on Thursday.

Some reports are calling the decision, which could make other companies that use the same technology vulnerable to suits by Alcatel-Lucent, the largest patent decision in history. Neither Microsoft nor Alcatel-Lucent would confirm that statement.

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