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Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement, US ban could go into effect

Thursday, 21st June 2012 15:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft rejected a settlement with Motorola over the ActiveSync patent dispute used in 4GB and 250GB Xbox 360 Slim consoles, Windows 7, internet explorer and Windows media player. The mobile phone company ad offered to take a 2.25% royalty on 360 sales and 5¢ for every copy of Windows sold. In May, Judge David Shaw ruled Microsoft should pay a bond of 7% of the value of unsold Xbox 360 inventory on hand in the US, and that the firm should be handed a cease-and-desist order on Slim in the US unless the firm agreed to a settlement. Should the be implemented by the ITC, there will be a 60-day period in which the US president can overturn the decision. If not, Microsoft will be banned from selling the products in the US,  and in Germany. Thanks, CVG.[image]

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15 Comments

  1. dreamcastnews

    That’s the new generation of hardware coming sooner than expected then…..

    Sounds like the original Xbox with NVidia again.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    If Microsoft will stop selling consoles n the US they will be forced to go Next Gen right now.

    Sony and Nintendo will gain a HUGE opportunity if all of this will happen.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. MFBB

    It would only be the “4GB and 250GB Xbox 360 Slim consoles” where this ActiveSync patent thing is used.

    They would have to remove those 2 types from all stores etc or pay Motorolla.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. dreamcastnews

    Heading should be ‘Motorola’.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Da Man

    Idon’tknowwhattosaybutillmakeanotherutterlyinanegenericnoshitsherlockpostbecauseihavenothingelsetodootherthanvideogamesandlurkinghere.

    This is huge. Ms could be affected. Their competitors could gain HUGE advantage. Halo sucks. I’m glad I have something to entertain myself with.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TMRNetShark

    Honestly, I hope the President does nothing of the sort. I want next generation to start now!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    Holy cow. Will this also mean that they aren’t allowed to sell any more 360 games too then? I wonder how well the 360 is still selling though, i mean…how long has the system been out now? And there are still people who buy it?

    But yeah…if this goes through it could be Xbox 3 pretty soon and those could have huge advantages for Sony indeed. They’ll make sure to release a much more powerful and i guess better system.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Microsoft won’t push next gen because of this. Keep dreaming.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DSB

    I’m pretty sure the reason they aren’t settling is because they have a better option.

    You don’t usually risk having your products banned in your biggest market.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    #9 and what option would that be?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 I’m not a lawyer, but off the top of my head I would say immediate appeal with an injunction against the ban.

    I’m sure it would be something more clever than that.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    #11 ok thanks, for the promtp respond, that seems interesting and a valid option.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    Microsoft seems to be the wrong one here though, it’s a shame they just can’t admit it and agree to it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jun/21/microsoft-rejects-motorola-patent-offer?newsfeed=true

    That makes it a bit clearer.

    This has very little to do with protecting anybody’s rights, or their businesses.

    It’s the result of what happens when you allow corporations to seize control of patent offices, filing patents left and right that were never meant to benefit or protect their businesses, but purely meant to be used in lawsuits such as this.

    This is part of an ongoing war that Microsoft and Apple are waging against Google (through Motorola) because they’re extremely scared of a company that keeps moving things forward, instead of using its position, to force everyone to submit to a rigidly controlled design and business model, like they do.

    It’s the same reason why dictatorships hate democracies. They expose them for what they really are.

    If you can’t beat them on the market by actually doing business, you beat them with legal goons at the patent office. It’s pathetic.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Stewn

    I think, the reason why Microsoft haven’t agreed to Motorola’s terms, is because as we speak, there are hundreds of Microsoft engineers working hard on overtime, to make a workaround.

    #15 2 years ago

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