Another lawsuit against Microsoft
Yes, the lawsuits against the software giant Microsoft are not ending either. Today it is AT&T who felt compelled to initiate proceedings at the competent court because of a patent infringement.
The cause of all What is bad here is a method for speech coding developed by AT&T in 1984, which Microsoft is supposed to use in various software products without corresponding licenses. According to its own statements, attempts had already been made in April 1999 to persuade Microsoft to license the technology used, but without success. According to the complaint, this digital speech coder is to be used in Microsoft's communications program Netmeeting, which has been supplied with the operating system since Windows 95. Microsoft itself only announced that they were in the process of studying the statement of claim, but that they could not make any comments for this very reason. AT & T's demands are actually quite simple: Compensation for the damage incurred, which has not yet been quantified, and the payment of the court costs. In my eyes it is also strange that Microsoft closes its eyes and ears only to be allowed to study a complaint two years later, which can sometimes result in more costs than a proper licensing in 1999, where you can had the opportunity to do so. The only question that remains is whether the patent allegations are really justified.