Google’s Motorola Withdraws Standard Related Patent Complaints Against Microsoft

Motion to Terminate re H.264 Patents

Motorola, the wholly owned subsidiary of Google today decided to drop its standard related patent claims against Microsoft. They filed with the U.S. ITC to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox.

Earlier Motorola demanded huge licensing money from Microsoft to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that is used in Xbox, Windows Media players, etc,. Microsoft and Motorola were fighting over these patents in various courts and now it has come to an end. Last week, Federal Trade Commission announced that Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties as part of the settlement with them.

Source: ATD

  • blackhawk556

    so is Microsoft still going to pay Motorola a royalty fee??

    • TheOne2125

      They will pay but it will be for pennies like what the other members of the H.264 group gets versus the extortion rate Google was trying to get.

    • Zicoz

      Depends how you look at it. Microsoft will have to pay a couple of cents to license the patent, but the bottom line of the licensing agreement will show Google paying Microsoft a lot more money then Microsoft is paying Google.

      • blackhawk556

        Why will Motorola pay MS?? Motorola owns those patents, not MS.

        Sent from my Windows Phone 8

        • RicardoDawkins

          Android devices

        • Tips_y

          Of course MS will have to pay Motorola for those patents but nothing like the exhorbitant fees they were asking from MS. And of course Motorola has to pay MS, like the other Android OEMS are doing, for MS patents Motorola infringes upon. They will probably end up paying MS more than what MS owes them.

          • Curious

            What patents are those? Why will they cost more to license?

          • Ram Uppugunduri

            Microsoft patents are not FRAND, and while Motorola’s are FRAND. That means Microsoft could charge whatever they like while Motorola should charge at a fairly reasonable standard amount. Microsoft’s patents involve FAT, exFAT, ActiveSync etc.

          • Tips_y

            The patents in question in the above article are essential patents which cost less. The patents MS won in litigation a few months ago are non-standard so they cost more. Bing it, or Google it if that’s what you prefer. That case was all over the internet a few months ago.

        • Zicoz

          They won’t pay Microsoft for those specific patents, but for patents that Microsoft holds that Android/Motorola violates.

          Let’s say that Microsoft will pay Motorola $0.5 per device for those h.264 devices, while Motorola will have to pay Microsoft $10 per device for their patent portfolio.

          (completely random numbers, I pulled from my ass for an example)

  • GG002

    The only reason Google bought up Motorola has now been crashed. Good going, Google.

  • Zicoz

    What’s sad is that this makes Google look good for ITC, while it would’ve been the outcome of the trial anyways.

  • disqustingtard

    So Google goes out and buys Motorola for their patents. Then tries to patent troll and fails.

    They should just stick to tracking your location, reading all your emails, monitoring your instant messages, listening to your phone calls, checking your calendars, spider-crawling through your contacts and their contact and their contacts, logging everything you search for and the resulting clicks, monitoring every webpage you load and everything you hover over or click on, scanning all your photos and using tags and facial recognition to index any photo of you found on the web, and selling any and all resulting personal information to all and sundry.

  • grs_dev

    Dear Sergei and Larry.

    Do yourself and the rest of the civilized world a favor and FIRE Eric Schmidt now. This moron will do to you what he did to Sun.

    Yours Truly,

    Grs Dev

    Aka loyal bing, wp, xbox, win8, win7, office2010, office2013, sql 2008, sql2012, win2k8server, win2k12server,, razor, c#, c++, MSDN, TechNet, Build, MCT, MCP

  • Microsoft PR

    I think that softy Google is starting to feel sorry for Microsoft! Why kick someone when they’re down? Maybe Google thinks that MS will soften up too and stop with all the attacks, but this is when MS has to be its most ferocious, like a rabid dog, and bite at everything until they’re top dog again.

  • Rikkirik Contrera

    Hahaha, what a ball of laughs. Like I recently commented Google’s losses on the acquisition of Motorolla are mounting. First there was the battle between Microsoft, Apple, Google and there consotiums to acquire patents from Novel etc, which Google lost, and as a result Google felt forced to go with a hefty 12 Billion overpriced acquisition of Motorolla, then there was the slumping sales of Motorolla devices (while WP is growing strongly), followed by the inability of Google to protect it’s partners from litigation cases. In the meanwhile Microsoft was collecting royalties from every vendor for their use of Android and Chrome in their devices (instead of Google being paid royalties for the use of these technologies). Motorolla will soon have to pay Microsoft too. I think that Microsoft pressured the FTC to force Google to drop the claims. Microsoft seems to be winnig on every front, no wonder Google is pissed at Microsoft and is trying to get back at Microsoft by denying Microsoft devices acces to Google apps. But Google is only kicking itself in the butt with these tactics. W8 tablets and hybrid devices are a real threat to Android tablets and the Ipad, while Microsoft remains unchallenged in the desktop market. The succes of tablets haven’t even made a dent in Microsoft’s desktop market share. Yes Google is pissed and does not know what to do about it’s losing battles against Microsoft. No wonder Eric Schmidt went to North Korea for a breather (hahaha).

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    • GetEdumated

      “inability of Google to protect it’s partners from litigation cases”

      More like “unwillingness”.