Microsoft awarded $14 million in damages over Motorola suit, mobility firm to appeal decision

By Stephany Nunneley
7 September 2013 16:12 GMT

Microsoft has been awarded $14 million in damages after a jury in Seattle this week found Motorola broke agreements with standard-setting bodies “to license certain patents at a fair and reasonable rate.”

This was the second of two trials in federal court over Motorola Mobility’s licensing of patents used in Microsoft products, and while the $14 million in damages was “half of what Microsoft asked for,” $11 million of it was for the “costs of relocating a warehouse in Germany due to an injunction on certain Microsoft products brought by Motorola in that country,” and $3 million of it was for legal fees.

“This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,” Microsoft said in a statement per Reuters.

A Motorola spokesman said the company would appeal due to the “new legal issues raised in this case.”

Earlier this year, another related case between the two firms found in favor of Microsoft when a judge and six person panel rules that Xbox 360 didn’t violate a patent held by Motorola.

The patent in question pertained to wireless network connections, and the dispute has been going on since 2010 – in both Europe and the US.

Back in January that Motorola had dropped two of its patent infringement suits against Microsoft regarding video-coding and connectivity tech within the console, but not the wireless patent.

The case originally involved five patent claims.

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