A US judge has upheld a jury’s decision to make Microsoft pay Alcatel-Lucent USD368 million in damages for infringing patents held by the Paris-based vendor. Reuters reports that US District Judge Marilyn Huff ruled yesterday that Microsoft owes Alcatel-Lucent a total of USD512 million, which includes interest on the original award. ‘We had always believed we had a strong case and are pleased that the judge agreed that the jury’s thoughtful verdict was well reasoned and supported by the evidence,’ Alcatel-Lucent spokeswoman Mary Ward said in a statement. Microsoft plans to appeal and is confident the decision will be overturned. The two patents Microsoft was found to have violated related to technology that allows users to enter dates into calendars and another used in tablet computers to recognise patterns in handwriting.