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Motorola falls to Microsoft in second FRAND trial, owes $14 million

updated 10:49 pm EDT, Wed September 4, 2013

Microsoft paid for expenses incurred by Motorola's abusive demands

Microsoft has won another victory against Google's Motorola Mobility over fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing of standards-essential patents. The jury found that Motorola violated its agreements with standard-setting organizations to license patents at a fair rate, by asking for billions from Microsoft to use video codecs for its Xbox 360 console and its Windows operating system. Microsoft was awarded $14 million, nearly half of what it asked for.

"This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together," Microsoft said in a statement about the victory. William Moss, Motorola spokesman said that the Google-owned company was "disappointed in this outcome, but look forward to an appeal of the new legal issues raised in this case. In the meantime, we'll focus on building great products that people love."

Today's ruling follows Microsoft's victory in Judge James Robart's courtroom who said that Microsoft did, in fact, owe royalties to Motorola Mobility -- but the rate for all owed fees over six years was less than $2 million, an amount 2,000 times less than the $4 billion that Motorola asked to license the patents originally.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-28-08

    What a joke. A $14 million penalty is chump change to corporations nowadays.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    True, but the precedent that has been set in these trials is getting stronger and stronger with each case. Google benefits from FRAND agreements with its competitors, but doesn't play fair with its own FRAND patents in return. As Steve Jobs once said, "'Don't be evil' is a (expletive) joke."

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