Google Drops Some Legal Action Against Microsoft
Google today officially withdrew its attempts to block some Microsoft products from the U.S. market. Google's Motorola unit was fighting Microsoft over a patent pertaining to Microsoft's XBox product. Microsoft did not want to pay Motorola's licensing terms for the patent, so Motorola (and Google) sought to block the product. Late last year, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it didn't think patent infringement claims should lead to product bans. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission settled its investigation into Google's alleged antitrust behavior. Last, the U.S. ITC also found that some of Motorola's patents could not be enforced against Microsoft. Google's move to drop its ITC complaint today is likely a direct result of its recent settlement with the FTC and the ITC's earlier decision. Other legal entanglements between Google and Microsoft are still ongoing.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
Google and Microsoft Make Nice, Drop Regulatory Complaints
Microsoft and Alphabet, parent company of Google, have agreed to cease all ongoing regulatory fights between them. Microsoft has complained to US and European Union antitrust regulators often and loudly with respect to Google's search practices and other behaviors.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft Loses Patent Case to InterDigital
The International Trade Commission today ruled Microsoft improperly used two InterDigital wireless patents without permission. The ruling judge said "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft [phones] from import into the United States." Patent-related complaints are often taken to the ITC, which has the power to enact such bans.
what is wrong with this picture?
but apple is free to do whatever they want, ban samsung products!