Oracle, Alcatel-Lucent settle patent fight over messaging

Published: 3/30/2009 8:09 AM

Oracle Corp. and Alcatel-Lucent SA settled a patent dispute over ways to manage voice messages, e-mails and instant messaging.

Terms of the agreement are confidential, Alcatel-Lucent spokeswoman Mary Ward said. Oracle, the world's second-largest software maker, sued Alcatel-Lucent in May, claiming the OmniTouch My Messaging system and other products infringe Oracle patents. It also sought a ruling that it didn't owe Alcatel any patent royalties on Oracle products.

Alcatel-Lucent, based in Paris and with operations in DuPage County, is "glad to put this matter behind us," Ward said in a telephone interview March 27.

U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, California, ordered the case closed on March 26, according to the federal court docket. A spokeswoman for Redwood City, California-based Oracle didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Alcatel-Lucent, the world's biggest telecommunications- equipment maker, wrote a letter in December 2007 claiming that Oracle's Data Mining, E-mail Center, Data Guard and other products infringed its patents, according to the Oracle complaint.

Oracle sued to challenge Alcatel-Lucent's rights to any patent royalties on those products and in turn accused the company of violating its patent rights. Alcatel-Lucent countered by arguing that Oracle's patents are invalid or not infringed.

A total of 13 patents were at issue in the dispute, five belonging to Oracle, one to Siebel Systems Inc., which was acquired by Oracle in 2005, and seven the property of Alcatel- Lucent.

Microsoft Corp. is the world's biggest software maker.

The case is Oracle Corp. v. Alcatel-Lucent, 08-2363, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).