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$1.5 billion case lost by Microsoft

Microsoft lost a case for $1.5 billion in damages for ignoring patent ownership in the case of MP3 (an almost free audio compression technology). Makes me wonder what the damages should be for a technology that is worth up to a quarter of all their sales?
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"A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. href=",1540,2097780,00.asp">infringed audio
patents held by Alcatel-Lucent
and should pay $1.52 billion in damages,
Microsoft said Thursday. The news comes after reports that U.S. Supreme Court
justices expressed doubts about whether Microsoft Corp. href=",1895,2097387,00.asp">should be liable for
infringing AT&T Inc. patents
in Windows software sold overseas."
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