Saturday, April 17, 2021

Google’s Motorola Mobility Offers to Settle Microsoft Patent Cases

Bloomberg: Motorola has offered to settle the ongoing patent disputes between itself and Microsoft. Motorola would pay Microsoft 33 cents for every phone that uses ActiveSync. In return, it wants 50 cents for every Windows system that uses the Motorola-patented industry standard for video compression and 2.25 percent of the cost of the Xbox gaming system.

In response, Microsoft scoffed at the offer. “While we welcome any good faith settlement effort, it’s hard to apply that label to a demand that Microsoft pay royalties to Google far in excess of market rates, that refuses to license all the Microsoft patents infringed by Motorola,” Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel for intellectual property. “At a time when the FTC, prominent members of Congress and leading companies from across the industry are expressing concern about Google’s refusal to honor its obligations to standards bodies, this appears to be little more than an effort to change the subject,” he added.

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