Microsoft secured another win in the preliminary ruling against Google Motorola in the ongoing patent battle. An Administrative Law Judge at the United States ITC announced that Microsoft’s Xbox console doesn’t infringe Google Motorola’s U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862. The patent titled “sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device” is the only non-standard-essential patent that Google has in this case against Microsoft.
So far, Google’s purchase of Motorola for its patents for about $12.5 billion has not paid off in any way. And now Google is in a position to pay royalties to Microsoft for Android patent infringement in exchange of small royalties from Microsoft for standard essential patents related to H.264 and others.
Source: FOSS Patents