Microsoft and Google continue to battle it out in court over patent infringement and a judge has ruled in victory for Microsoft this time around. Well, if you want to call it a victory. Microsoft is to pay Google’s Motorola unit $1.8 million a year, which is less than what Google originally asked for.
Google’s Motorola Mobility unit will obtain about a half-cent per unit for video decoding technology and 3.5 cents for wireless technology from Microsoft. This is as a result of a new ruling by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle. This totals to about $1.8 million a year and is about half of what Google had originally demanded.
“This decision is good for consumers because it ensures patented technology committed to standards remains affordable for everyone,” Microsoft stated in an official statement.
This dispute started back in 2010 when Microsoft poked the bee hive and demanded that Motorola Mobility (prior to Google’s acquisition) pay patent royalties on its Android smartphones. Motorola Mobility responded by demanding that Microsoft pay royalties for the Windows operating system and Xbox, when it came to video decoding and WiFi technology, which Motorola had helped establish the standards for.
In August of this year, the two companies will meet in court again to determine if Motorola Mobility has met its ‘contractual obligation to license its patents on fair terms.’Google, Microsoft