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Motorola Takes Microsoft to Court for Billions – Only Gets a Million and Change

April 26, 2013 1 Comment

Google’s Motorola Mobility recently took Microsoft to court for their use of patents surrounding H.264 video standard and the 802.11 wireless standard. Motorola was asking for the ridiculous amount of $4 Billion dolaars. A federal court ruling in Seattle however had other plans as they ruled that Microsoft only pay them about $1.8 Million for those standards-essential patents.

The court noted that there were about 92 different entities with patents essential to 802.11 networking. If each got a piece of the pie like Motorola wanted, the cost of wireless networking on the Xbox would exceed the price of the actual Xbox.


“Motorola has licensed its substantial patent portfolio on reasonable rates consistent with those set by others in the industry.”


 “This decision is good for consumers because it ensures patented technology committed to standards remains affordable for everyone”


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