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Motorola countersues Microsoft, threatens Windows and Xbox

updated 09:40 pm EST, Wed November 10, 2010

Motorola sues Microsoft in patent war

Motorola tonight filed a lawsuit in retaliation for Microsoft's own lawsuit over Xbox 360 patent royalties. The new complaint alleges that Microsoft is violating 16 patents and is now targeting Windows and Microsoft's mobile platforms in addition to the Xbox-related H.264 video, Wi-Fi and password patents that prompted Microsoft's concerns. The Windows patent claims are the most direct and assert that the OS itself as well as Exchange, Outlook Windows Live Messenger and object-oriented code.

The mobile dispute doesn't distinguish between Windows Mobile and Windows Phone but primarily focuses on the latter, bringing Bing maps and Windows Marketplace into scrutiny along with object-oriented code much like that of the desktop Windows patent fight.

Motorola, which is using its phone-oriented Mobility group to file the lawsuit, is asking both for Microsoft to stop infringing on the patents and to pay an unspecified amount in compensation.

Despite having come just after the Xbox lawsuit, the new Motorola legal action is understood to be in retaliation for Microsoft's anti-Android lawsuit. Microsoft has claimed to own multiple patents that are used by Android and, without having had them verified in court, has been trying to pressure every Android phone designer into paying royalties to make money. HTC has already reached a deal in part because of its continued support of Windows Phone, but Motorola's decision to focus entirely on Android for the near future may have played a role in the two opponents turning to lawsuits.

The new lawsuit could lead to major ramifications for Microsoft if successful, but most such lawsuits reach a settlement as few are willing to risk a full product ban.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go Ahead ...

    ... knock each other senseless.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Motorola is just so damn stupid.

    I mean they hardly have enough money to keep themselves in business and now they're throwing it away trying to sue some company that might have even thrown some business their way with WP7. What is the matter with Motorola. Whatever woes they had was brought upon them by themselves. They couldn't seem to build cellphones that anyone wanted to buy after the RAZR. Plus crooked management siphoned all the reserve cash into a black hole (their dark pockets.) Motorola is just wasting their money going after Microsoft. Microsoft has so much money to throw away on legal matters that they could tie Motorola up for the next ten years. Motorola won't last another year or two in the cellphone business. They're not even making much money from Android while HTC and Samsung are raking in huge amounts of cash. What a crappy company. They're the exact opposite of Apple. Motorola turns gold into lead.

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