Microsoft sues Motorola (again), this time over Xbox-related patents

Microsoft sues Motorola (again), this time over Xbox-related patents

Summary: Just over a month after suing Motorola over smartphone patents, Microsoft is suing Motorola again. This time, the complaint is focused on wireless and video coding patents that are used by the Xbox team.

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Just over a month after suing Motorola over smartphone patents, Microsoft is suing Motorola again. This time, the complaint is focused on wireless and video coding patents that are used by the Xbox team.

Microsoft filed a suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola on November 9. The claim: Motorola is charging excessive royalties for its patents.

Here's Microsoft's statement on its action, from a company spokesperson:

"Microsoft filed an action today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for breach of Motorola’s contractual commitments to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to license identified patents related to wireless and video coding technologies under reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. Those commitments are designed to benefit all parties that rely upon these standards, and Microsoft has been harmed by Motorola’s failure to honor them in recent demand letters seeking royalties from Microsoft."

Microsoft last sued Motorola on October 1, claiming Motorola was infringing on a handful Microsoft smartphone-related patents. The eight patents in question, which Microsoft outlines in both its U.S. District Court and International Trade Commission complaints, are “OS-related and (related to) Exchange ActiveSync.” The patents are all used in Motorola's Android smartphones, according to Microsoft.

Update: Patent expert Florian Mueller has a lot more details on the latest patent suit by Microsoft involving Motorola. He notes that the patents in question also pertain to smartphones, not just Xbox.

Topics: Mobility, Legal, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Duh!

    You sue somebody and then get mad cause they "won't give you a discount"?
    ;-)
    kd5auq
    • It sounds Like Motorola

      is charging MS for royalties for the Motorola patents MS is using, while using MS's without paying for them.

      But then again it involves lawyers. they could be talking about the lunch tab, who knows. ;)
      John Zern
  • As Microsoft gets backed into a corner and revenues start to fall, like a

    cornered animal, it will get ugly. They have billions they can use to buy up other patents.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Microsoft sues Motorola (again), this time over Xbox-related patents

      @DonnieBoy - and back in the real world, Microsoft is generating record revenues, record profits and is setting on a record sized pile of cash.

      The thing about Microsoft is, like most dangerous creatures, if you back them into a corner they become very, VERY dangerous and you may not survive the encounter.
      bitcrazed
      • Bring it on.

        @bitcrazed

        Sooner or later that animal gets cocky and bites off more than they can chew. Then they die. And for MS that day can't come soon enough. The good thing is it will be a slow painful death.
        itguy08
  • Moto is misjudging the situation

    Like the Wall Street Morons, Moto is thinking that Android is on to something, so they don't need Microsoft in the phone business. That's a stupid assumption. As I predicted before, Android will disappear in very short term. I know, I know. Lets not to argue, just watch how it turns out.
    jk_10
    • It will take more than bogus patents to derail Android.

      NT
      DonnieBoy
      • Bogus patent?

        @DonnieBoy You are forgetting that Google itself validated 100% of the claims by purchasing a license for the NexusOne. That means that Google (the developer of the Android OS) agrees that MS owns the technology.
        wackoae
    • Reminder

      Just a little reminder: Moto invented the cellular phone. And a bunch of radio stuff. This Redmond kid that's just up from the AAA leagues is about to get schooled in the Show.
      symbolset
  • Motorola is the only Major Phone vendor to say no to Microsoft

    And now they are the only ones getting sued by them....

    Coincidence or MS's usual bully tactics?
    itguy08
  • RE: Microsoft sues Motorola (again), this time over Xbox-related patents

    With the converging of hardware in smartphone and tablet, more and more sues will happen between those vendors. The same thing will occur in software area and other aspects like this "Microsoft sues Motorola". The emerging thing they should do is openning platform to app creators, because they did many works which is good to vendors in attracting potential customers.
    like this:
    http://www.ifunia.com/resources.html
    pennwarren
  • I'm not an MS fan (or a hater)

    But in the case of Android, Google validated 100% of the claims by purchasing a license for the NexusOne. That means that Google (the developer of the Android OS) agrees that MS owns the technology.

    Since Google is not including any indemnification with the Android OS (not to mention that they don't have the right to sub-license the IP), anybody using the Android OS will have to pay MS for using the related technology ... unless they remove the affected code from their distributions.
    wackoae
    • Have a spare million?

      @wackoae
      Sorry but I don't have 1mil lying around in case my ass suddenly gets sued by Microsoft just because I forked Android.
      ZackCDLVI
  • good luck

    Hey MSFT, remember SCO ?
    Yeah, we're all forgetting about SCO. Progress requires forgetting desperate sue-happy and irrelevant companies.
    bpmf