Motorola drops patent infringement suit against Microsoft

By Dave Cook
10 January 2013 12:08 GMT

Motorola and Microsoft have put to bed a long legal battle regarding patent infringements within Xbox 360 hardware, regarding video-coding and connectivity tech within the console.

CVG reports that the case, which was effectively thrown out by Judge James Robart last month after ruling that the tech – namely the ability to take the Xbox 360 online and to play video – were Frand innovations necessary to all consoles to allow them to meet consumer expectations, and therefore could not be owned outright by one sole company.

Motorola Mobility – a Google subsidiary – has now dropped two claims against Microsoft. However, as we reported last month, both parties are still in talks to determine a suitable and fair royalty charge for use of Motorola’s patents. We’ll have more on this particular issue as it happens.

If you missed the legal saga – in which Motorola failed to place a ban on the sale of Xbox 360 consoles – check out our report here.

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