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  • A U.S. federal judge dismissed Alcatel-Lucent's patent claim against Microsoft over technology that converts speech into text.

  • The U.S. patent process takes an average 44 months -- a woefully slow rate for the rapidly evolving technology sector. That's just one of the challenges being tackled at the first-ever Technology Policy Summit in San Jose. CNBC's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief Jim Goldman reports.

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    The battle between software giants Microsoft and AT&T rumbles on, as Microsoft prepares to defend itself in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against AT&T’s claim that its patent has been infringed. The outcome of this latest step, which rests on a technicality involving outsourcing, will be hugely significant in the case that will make the difference of billions of dollars to the software industry.

  • The companies also agreed to conclude their patent litigation, which involved imaging technologies, Kodak said.

  • The Washington Research Foundation has sued mobile phone makers Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Matsushita-owned Panasonic for infringing on a patent for wireless Bluetooth technology.

  • Private generic drugmaker Ratiopharm International had challenged the patent, which led to the decision.