Microsoft wins appeal against $358 million fine

The federal appeals court has ruled that while Microsoft did infringe an Alcatel-Lucent patent, a fine of $358 million imposed on it was too stiff.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the case concerned a calendar function in Microsoft Outlook – Microsoft not only said the patent was invalid but that the fine was way too hefty.

Microsoft had said that it need only pay $6.5 million for the infringement, and even Alcatel-Lucent agreed that the fine was large.

The appeals court said that the fine needed to be re-evaluated and that a trial on damages will be needed.

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