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Motorola’s injunction against 360 in Germany on hold as US judge deliberates

Tuesday, 8th May 2012 17:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

US District Judge James Robart has said he is “well aware” the court system is “being used as a pawn in a global, industry-wide business negotiation”, between Motorloa and Microsoft.

According to The BBC, the judge, whose ruling will determine whether Microsoft will be banned from the import of Xbox 360 consoles over violating several of Motorloa’s patents, said the cost of the case between the two “could finance a small country.”

During the three hour hearing in Seattle, Robart said the behavior on both sides “has been driven by an attempt to secure commercial advantage. To an outsider looking at it, it has been arbitrary, it has been arrogant and, frankly, it has been based on hubris.”

As a result, the judge has ordered Motorola to “hold off from enforcing the ruling,” until the courts “ruled on a related complaint.”

A court ruling in Germany last week found Microsoft had infringed on four of Motorola’s patents, granting the company an injunction against the distribution of certain Microsoft products in the country.

Robart’s ruling, which he said he still needs time to deliberate, has put a temporary stop to the injunction while he considers the arguments.

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6 Comments

  1. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, a American judge? Wonder who he’ll find in favour of?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Razor

    Hang on a minute.

    A US court is preventing Motorola from enforcing a German court’s decision in Germany?

    How does that work?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. NiceFellow

    @2 well I’m no lawyer, but as I read it they are basically saying to Motorola that due to a seperate case pending in US court’s they request they do not excercise their option to action the German Court’s decision.

    So they’re not changing or overruling the German decision, just telling Motorola they can’t use it due to other US based litigation. Basically I presume the US court could punish Motorola if it did use the ban decision.

    My simple way of looking at it is I say “come round to mine for drinks” and your missus says “if you go we’re finished”… my offer still stands unchanged but you’ve been forbidden from taking it up.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. polygem

    @ last part #3: :-D

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Razor

    Cheers for that, NiceFellow. That makes sense.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kabby

    It was known from the outset that this legal deadlock would happen.

    #6 2 years ago

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