Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently won a patent-infringement lawsuit against Motorola. Just last week, the U.S. District Court Judge, James Robart, made a ruling that Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) could not ban sales of Microsoft products that allegedly violate one of their patents. This means that Xbox and Microsoft products will continue to remain on store shelves in the United States and Germany.
The battle between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) is a worldwide affair with the latter accusing the former of stealing their H.264 patent and utilizing it in their products. Motorola claims that Microsoft is using their patents illegally. They also asked that Bill Gates’ company pays up licensing fees or that their products get banned. Microsoft agreed to work with them as long as they uphold to fair and nondiscriminatory terms. Unfortunately, Motorola wants the Seattle-based tech giant to pay up $4 billion for the usage of their technology, while adding 2.25 percent royalty fees. Microsoft then claimed that number was too high.
Of course it’s important to point out that the battle between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) is far from over. The companies completed their final say in late November and now they are waiting for the final decision, which will take place this upcoming spring. Judge Robart may come up with the licensing terms and royalty fees.
At press time, neither company has released an official statement.
Motorola and Microsoft’s battle seems to mimic the ongoing battle between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94). Like Motorola, Apple has been going after their top competitor, Samsung, for quite a while now over patent infringements.
It should be interesting to see what happens next year during the final ruling. Will Microsoft prevail or will Motorola win this case? Previously, Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) won an infringement case over Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in Europe that allowed them to ban certain Microsoft products, but then that was held up until US courts has the chance to decide on the matter, but now with Robart’s current ruling, it’s a ban that’s still upheld.