Microsoft Corp. violated a patent to produce its Xbox video game player, a lawyer for Alcatel-Lucent SA told a federal jury.
"Their customers demanded it, so they put it in their products," said John Desmarais, an attorney for a patent trust that lists Alcatel-Lucent as a 99 percent beneficiary. "They make billions of dollars in profits on the products that are made with our technology."
Opening statements began in U.S. District Court today in San Diego in the third of a five-trial series between Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft. Alcatel-Lucent may seek hundreds of millions of dollars on its claim that Microsoft's Xbox console and DVD player infringes a 1993 patent for coding video frames.
Microsoft has stayed mostly on the defensive for the first two trials, though it's now accusing Alcatel-Lucent affiliates of infringing its patents related to messaging systems. In the first two trials, jurors have sided with Alcatel-Lucent.