Microsoft Wins Big in Motorola Patent Case

A U.S. District Court jury in Seattle has awarded Microsoft $15 million in damages related to its long-running patent infringement lawsuit with Motorola. This signals the end of litigation (save the appeals process) in the long-running legal dispute over claims by Motorola that the Xbox 360 infringed on several of its patents related to video decoding and wi-fi technology.

Last year a federal judge ruled that the Xbox 360 infringed on four of Motorola's patents. But earlier this year that decision was overturned and the judge overseeing the case cleared Microsoft of the infringement claims.

According to a report in the Seattle Times, the jury came to the conclusion that Motorola was not providing its patent licenses on fair and reasonable terms (as it is supposed to do with general patents under the law), and awarded Microsoft a victory complete with damage awards.

A spokesperson for Microsoft called the decision "a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together," while Motorola said it would appeal the decision.

Source: Gamasutra

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