Microsoft Xbox 360, IE and Windows 7 banned in Germany

The latest twist in the continued patent battles, Motorola has been handed an injunction against the distribution of many Microsoft products in Germany

 

In one of the most high-profile legal patent victories to date, a court has found in favour of Motorola with a number of key Microsoft products including the Xbox 360 banned from distribution in Germany.

Affecting a selection of products including the Xbox 360, Windows 7 software, the Internet Explorer browser and the Windows Media Player, a German court has found in favour of the smartphone giant over the dispute which covers two patents integral to the offering of H.264 video playback and coding.

Whilst the resulting verdict has seen Motorola handed and injunction banning the distribution of the Xbox and software service, the company is unable to enforce the ruling until a Seattle based court lifts a restraining order around the case next week.

"We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility's intellectual property," a Motorola spokesperson has said. "As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter, which Microsoft started with litigation against Motorola in October 2010.  Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property."

With the two companies fighting it out in court over a selection of around 50 patents, Microsoft has suggested that if it licensed the intellectual property rights to all like Motorola has requested it would face an annual bill in the region of $4 billion (£2.5bn).

"This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web," an official Microsoft spokesman said.

"Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola's broken promise."

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Via:BBC

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