Jury backs Redmond in Microsoft, Motorola patent dispute

A jury has found in Microsoft's favour in its latest dispute with Motorola Mobility over the use of Google patents.

A court in the US has found in favour of Microsoft in its continuing dispute with Motorola over the price of using Google-owned "essential "patents in its Xbox and software products, according to a statement put out by Microsoft.

Microsoft had argued that Google and Motorola failed to license its H.264 video and networking "essential" patents, which are both necessary for Xbox and Windows software functionality, at a reasonable price under FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms.

The decision, reached by a jury on Wednesday afternoon, is the latest in the dispute between Redmond and the Google-owned phone maker, with Microsoft again emerging victorious.

"This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together," said David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Litigation and Antitrust at Microsoft in a statement.

"The jury's verdict is the latest in a growing list of decisions by regulators and courts telling Google to stop abusing patents."

In April, a US judge found in favour of Microsoft in the first round of the patent war over how much Microsoft should pay Google's mobile division for licensing these patents. Seattle District Court Judge James Robart found at the time that Microsoft should pay $1.8 million each year to use the patents, as opposed to Motorola's demanded annual sum of $4 billion to take into account profits made from Xbox and software sales.

The same Washington judge also ruled in Microsoft's favour in February by invalidating 13 of the patent claims involved in the Microsoft v. Motorola case.


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