What week goes by without some lawyer pounding on Microsoft’s doors looking for moolah? Recent lawsuits attack Vista marketing and Microsoft’s use of voice over IP technology. There’s nothing like a billion-buck verdict to draw out a few more lawsuits. In late February, a jury awarded Alcatel-Lucent $1.52 billion in a patent dispute with Microsoft. About a week preceding the verdict, Microsoft settled a troublesome Iowa consumer class-action lawsuit. My, my, what a coincidence. One new lawsuit is about patents and the other about consumers.
The older of the lawsuits is a VOIP (voice over IP) patent dispute between LSI and Microsoft. Yesterday, LSI completed the acquisition of Agere, which filed the lawsuit in mid-March. Details have emerged trickle-like, possibly because of the merger.
The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft obtained proprietary Agere information during 2002-2003 acquisition talks and used it to develop VOIP products. Microsoft spokesperson Jack Evans said it “would be premature to comment,” because Microsoft hasn’t been served papers yet.
Microsoft, Windows Vista, VOIP, Lawsuits