As we reported earlier this week, an entity called MPEG LA had sued Alcatel-Lucent, claiming that before their 2006 merger, Alcatel and Lucent schemed to divert five valuable patents on compressing transmission signals to a trust in order to avoid sharing them with other companies (including Dell and Microsoft) in a licensing pool that includes Alcatel. (Our earlier story stated that the patents could be worth as much as $2 billion in royalties, but Alcatel has asserted in a press release that this figure, originally cited in a Bloomberg article, is “deceptive and outlandish.”) The Alcatel-Lucent trust, called the Multimedia Patent Trust, was also named as a defendant in MPEG LA’s suit.
MPEG LA is represented by Sullivan & Cromwell. Kirkland & Ellis represents the Multimedia Patent Trust, as does Wilmington’s Bouchard Margules & Friedlander. Alcatel-Lucent is represented by Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell.
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