Interesting reality check
Judge Rudi Brewster of United States District Court in San Diego wrote in a 43-page order that the jury’s damage award in February could not stand because one of the two patents was not infringed by Microsoft.
He also noted that ownership of the second disputed patent was questionable, and a retrial may be needed to resolve that matter.
Alcatel-Lucent immediately said it intended to appeal the ruling. “This reversal of the judge’s own pretrial and post-trial rulings is shocking and disturbing, especially since — after a three-week trial and four days of careful deliberation — the jury unanimously agreed with us,” said Mary Lou Ambrus, a company spokeswoman.