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Motorola wins 360 injunction against Microsoft in Germany

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 13:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Motorola has been granted an injunction against Microsoft on various products in Germany, including Xbox 360.

It comes as the mobile giant, currently being acquired by Google, took MS to court over two patents related to the coding and playback of H.264.

The injunction means 360, as well as Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player, can not be offered on sale in the country, according to the BBC.

The order isn’t enforceable as yet, however, until a US court makes a ruling on the action next week. Microsoft has vowed to appeal the decision, but for now, it’s business as usual.

“This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web,” it said in a statement.

“Motorola is prohibited from acting on today’s decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola’s broken promise.”

For its part, Motorola has said it was keen to resolve the matter with Microsoft.

“We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property. As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property.”

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  1. silkvg247

    So what have they stolen exactly?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Wow. That is huge.

    I’m not so sure that Motorola will win Microsoft in the US, because Microsoft owns US.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    @2
    Well they already have some minor victory there … http://www.vg247.com/2012/04/24/us-international-trade-commission-rules-that-xbox-360-violates-motorola-mobility-patents/

    @1
    Essentially Motorola own some patents relating to video playback – specifically H.264. The nature of the patent is such that Motorola are meant to provide the licenses at a reasonable/competitive rate. This is where the argument lies. MS I think are happy to pay something but are haggling over the cost. It’ll end in some compromise somewhere down the line.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    And from my understanding it is common practice for big companies to buy patents from the people that actual own them just for the purpose of using them in a court of law against their competitors. In this case the point of centention is the cost of the liscencing fees.

    In other words, many times the company that is doing to sueing, never invented the procsess that was patented, they just own the rights to that procsess. I believe that is the case here in this situation.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. xxJPRACERxx

    Motorola decided to sue MS because MS sued Motorola about their Android phone.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20018305-56.html

    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1895556/motorola-counter-sues-microsoft

    #5 2 years ago