Alcatel has sued Microsoft for patent infringement relating to digital video and communication network technology. What does this have to do with video game law, you ask? Well, Alcatel is in the process of acquiring Lucent Technologies Inc. Lucent has also started several lawsuits against Microsoft for patent infringement, including one action which claims that the XBOX 360 infringes Lucent's video-decoding technology (see our post here ). A Microsoft spokesperson has stated that Alcatel's recent lawsuits relate to the patent dispute between Lucent and Microsoft (including, of course, the 360 action). And there you have it.