US Court Rules That Motorola Can’t Use FRAND Patents Against Microsoft For Getting Injunctions

Yesterday, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled a summary judgment in Microsoft Vs. Motorola patent case. Judge ruled that Google’s owned subsidiary Motorola is not entitled to injunctive relief against Microsoft over any patents essential to the H.264 (video codec) or IEEE 802.11 (WiFi, or WLAN) standards.

“Because Motorola cannot show irreparable harm or that monetary damages would be inadequate, the court agrees with Microsoft that injunctive relief is improper in this matter and grants Microsoft’s motion.”

This is a big blow for Motorola and the ruling was already expected by Microsoft and other FRAND patent supporters. Now, Motorola has a clear way to end this case by licensing their standard essential patents to Microsoft under reasonable terms.

Source: FOSS Patents, Microsoft/Motorola court order


  • blackhawk556

    NOW ThE bATTle of what is reasonable

    • J A

      Well, there is already a market rate for patents already in use, there should be no trouble licensing to MS at the same/current rate.

  • Steve Ballmer

    MotoTroll LOLOL, don’t trust the Googlightning guy

  • SteveBallmer123

    MotoTroll LOLOL, don’t trust the Googlightning guy

  • Gavin Tom

    lol, that’s what you get for “being evil” Google was breaking their own mantra, good for them.

  • J A

    I don’t want to say I called it, everyone except Google knew it was a stupid move by Google. Why would the courts change the rules for one evil company when the entire patent industry relies on it? To create chaos? Next thing is for the DoJ to rip Google into smaller bits.

  • guesttt999

    Initial justice done! Google only bought Mototrolla for these kinds of court room battles against competitors.