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M$ Legal Battles Continue

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Alacritech, which sued Microsoft for patent infringement last year, announced the settlement Wednesday. The dispute centered around Microsoft's "Chimney" technology, which the software giant said it developed independently, but which Alacritech said was based on its own intellectual property.

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A Milwaukee man can sue Microsoft Corp. in state court over his claim that the software giant created a monopoly to artificially inflate prices for consumers, even though the alleged conduct occurred outside Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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A firm involved in the market testing of Microsoft's server interoperability licence on Wednesday criticised the royalty-free concessions the software giant made in its final offer to the European Union, stating that they are pointless as the information is already available on the Internet, is incomplete and is in some cases incorrect.

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