Microsoft vs. Motorola suit comes to a close

Xbox maker awarded $14 million in damages in "landmark win"; Motorola suggests it will appeal.

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The Microsoft vs. Motorola lawsuit has come to a close, with a jury finding in the Xbox maker's favor in Seattle federal court this week.

As reported by Reuters, a jury agreed with Microsoft's assertion that Google subsidiary Motorola broke agreements to license patents "at a fair and reasonable rate."

Microsoft was awarded $14 million in damages, approximately half of what the company originally sought. This consists of $11 million for costs associated with relocating a warehouse in Germany, as well as $3 million in legal fees.

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

A Motorola spokesman told Reuters that the company is likely to appeal the decision.

"We're disappointed in this outcome, but look forward to an appeal of the new legal issues raised in this case," the company said in a statement.

In April last year, the International Trade Commission ruled that the Xbox 360 violated a string of patents Motorola holds for video decoding, Wi-Fi connections, and console-to-accessory connections. However, earlier this year this decision was overturned.

Microsoft previously rejected a Motorola settlement offer that would have the Seattle tech giant pay a royalty fee of 2.25 percent on every Xbox 360 sold.

The Xbox One launches in 13 countries across the world on November 22.

Discussion

77 comments
steelmouth
steelmouth

they need to update this case name to Microsoft vs. Google again

CnConrad
CnConrad

I must be missing something here... Microsoft used Motorola tech without paying for any of the patents or licensing then was awarded 14 million for doing it??!!!? WTF

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

wow goodle brough motorola why google there products kinda suck

DrKill09
DrKill09

wait a sec... when the hell did Google buy Motorola? 

vackillers
vackillers

Don't really know who was at fault or who was to blame really on this issue I was not following or even knew about it till this article, but just going by from what I read, it just simply sounds like Microsoft as usual, got a get-out-of-jail free card by just hiring better lawyers in the end. The International Trade Commission doesn't rule in something like this unless there was some serious weight to it and now all of a sudden its been completely over-turned? don't really buy it to be honest.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

didnt they buy off motorola?

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

Look at you PEOPLE! Arguing over and defending this or that company, while all those corporative pigs rejoice with their "patent wars" playing the victim or whatnot. They don't care about losing a dozen millions, that's nothing to their bank accounts. They care about playing the victim, or pretending to be the "superior" in the eyes of US non billionare people who waste our well earned money on their highly priced products, just to... MAKE THEM RICHER. A never-ending cycle.

Note: pity those fanboys trying to start a war, get a life boys.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I hope they both win or break even. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

No one wins in these bullshit patent decisions.  Software patents are an absolute joke in our country and need to be abolished.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Nice now Bill Gates has a new stock of toilet paper!!!!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A rare bright spot of good news for Microsoft. Usually they get the short end of the stick in legal matters. 

wilson336
wilson336

Even though I think Microsoft has made a lot of poor business decisions lately, I am not surprised by this. I have to deal with Motorola on several applications in my workplace, and they have been in breach of our contract for 2 years now, to the point that we have cancelled future maintenance contracts with them on most of the products, and are looking for new vendors.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

I am rooting for Motorola beat those copyright infringement xbots.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

I just want to know where was the Lawsuit for MS 42%+ for faulty built Hardware and then telling customers that your system is no longer in warranty. So we need $125.00 to fix our problem that we made to cause you RRD.  It took them only 4 remade X360 consoles to get it right.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Patent law makes me mad just thinking about it.  Sitting here wondering when someone is going to step in and say

"Actually guys this whole show's been a total bitchy clusterfuck for a while now, we're going back to common sense just for the sake of variety."

At least $14 million is practically nothing to these players.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Microsoft payed off the judge. Am I right, right, right.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Patent law is so ridiculous. I hate how often we hear about this type of stuff with any company (like Apple v. Samsung).

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

So it's Big M beat the small M, well guess console war wages on.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Now this is how you play Monopoly. These guys put us all to shame. Look at it.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

Once again, if you have the $$$$ you have the law on your side

steelmouth
steelmouth

@CnConrad lol well I don't get how MS ended up being paid but with regards to the patens its called free competition, some patents are so critical to the industry that who ever owns then is forced to share them with everybody, and not just share them but share them at a reasonable price 

that 2.25% Motorola wanted would have went straight to the consumer making the X360 more expensive

annian3880
annian3880

@vackillers no its the patent office that allows somebody to patent an idea but not the actual device involve.

badboy
badboy

@jsmoke03 No, they bought Nokia. It was Google that bought Motorola.

rice2555
rice2555

why turn a decent article into mindless flame wars against nothing?

Go home.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

@DARKSPACE MS sent me a new Xbox when mine RRoD and I've been using this one ever since.  Good on MS.  

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

@naryanrobinson when microsoft can just buy out nokia for $7.2billion and google can buy motorola. For them patents suits and money is not the problem. Billion is chump change for these guys.

They don't care about the money they care about far more important things like stopping their competition from innovating and copying. If you  can get your competitor from making a product even by 3 months in the tech world that is years and hurts you big time.

The big boys don't mind going to court or shelling out the money. It is chump change for them compared to what they really get if they win in court.

hystavito
hystavito

@Stevo_the_gamer Your moderator status will be removed shortly when this comment makes it up the long chain of command :).

HairyMetalHead
HairyMetalHead

@Stevo_the_gamer didnt samsung pay the money with trucks full of coins? I think thats a pretty good way to settle things lol. I'd hate to be the guy counting a few million all in dimes though

jd7904
jd7904

@robchiang1990 actually you could say big M beat the big G since Motorola is now owned by Google

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@rice2555 not a flame war just a deep passionate hate for anything xbot. 

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

@HairyMetalHead @Stevo_the_gamer If I was in charge of Samsung, that's what I would do. So Apple can pay to people to actually count all the dimes. But whatever, the thing stay true, patent wars are pure corporative BS for those corporative hogs to take it on each other, and make us all non-billionaire people argue.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@jd7904 @robchiang1990 

NM It was not Microsoft v Motorola, but Microsoft v Motorola Mobility, so yes it was Google. I know GS mentioned Google in the article, but they could have gotten the mobility part correct.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@BamaGoatt @rice2555 A sad loser than if you actually care about brand.  your probably one of them idiots that think sony actually gives two shits about them.

wickedsc300
wickedsc300

@BamaGoatt That's a pretty dumb attitude to have.  If you think one company makes everything better you are a complete moron.  You will miss out on many great products because of a childish hate for a company that does no good anyways.