Microsoft MP3 Verdict May Spark More Patent Suits

A federal jury's ruling that Microsoft infringed on two MP3 patents and must pay $1.52 billion in damages could turn into a major sour note for other technology companies in the digital music business. The victory for France's Alcatel-Lucent SA could embolden the telecommunications equipment maker to pursue claims -- or seek royalties -- from other companies that it believes infringe on the technology, experts said.

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