Motorola Wins Xbox, Windows 7 Ban in Germany

BBC News is reporting that Motorola has won a significant injunction in their lawsuit against Microsoft today, as German courts have found in their favor to halt distribution of key...

BBC News is reporting that Motorola has won a significant injunction in their lawsuit against Microsoft today, as German courts have found in their favor to halt distribution of key products in Germany, including the Xbox 360 console and games, Windows 7 operating system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. This comes on the heels of a ruling that Microsoft infringed on two patents held by Motorola to offer H.264 video coding and playback.

The matter is currently pending decision in US courts and sales of the aforementioned Microsoft products can continue in the United States despite the injunction until the matter is considered next week.

This case is one of several Microsoft is dealing with regarding 50 intellectual properties that Motorola claims the Seattle, WA-based company should have licensed. Microsoft’s claim that to license these properties would see a bill of nearly $4 billion has been disputed by the smartphone manufacturer.

“We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property,” a statement from the company read. “As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seenign for our intellectual property.”

Microsoft says that it plans to appeal the ruling.

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

While the decision cannot currently be enforced even in Germany yet, the US hearing which is scheduled to take place on May 7th as well as a review of the German case by the European Commission could overturn the decision if it is found to be “an abuse of a dominant market position”.

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