Judge Tosses Most of Google's Claims Against Microsoft
A judge today kneecapped Google's attempts to extract royalty payments from Microsoft over wireless and video patents. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle ruled that pieces of three separate Motorola patents in question are invalid. Google was seeking up to $4 billion in annual royalty payments from Microsoft, which in turn believed it owed Google only about $1 million. Portions of the three patents are still valid, however, and the judge has yet to make a final decision in the case. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion last year in part for its 17,000 patents.
Microsoft Avoids Import Ban in InterDigital Case
Microsoft escaped what could have been a harmful ban on its devices as the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to block the import of Microsoft's smartphones into the U.S.
Unwired Planet Bests Samsung and Huawei In Patent Trial
Unwired Planet landed its first courtroom victory in the U.K. this week after a judge agreed that Samsung and Huawei are violating patents owned by the company.
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.