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Judge Hands Microsoft Victory Over Motorola

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Apr 26, 2013, 7:24 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft has emerged the victor in the first of two patent trials between the Redmond-based company and Google-owned Motorola. Motorola was seeking $4 billion per year in royalty payments from Microsoft over use of its wireless and video technology. Microsoft argued that the patents were worth much less at $1 million per year. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle agreed with Microsoft. He set the royalty payment at $1.8 million. Microsoft lauded the decision as one that's good for consumers. The second trial between the two companies is scheduled to take place during the summer months, and will determine whether or not Motorola is asking fair and reasonable rates to license its patents.

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Apr 26, 2013, 2:14 PM

Isn't this a little biased?

Instead of paying them 4 million, they're still PAYING TO Motorola nearly 2 million... how is it a victory for Microsoft that the judge ordered them to pay Motorola? I mean, yes, I get that they managed to lower the payments, but really... they still lost. 😕
Not millions. 4 Billion dollars is what Moto was asking for.
It is a victory for Microsoft because the judge agreed with them that Motorola's proposed fees were excessive....

Microsoft didn't say that they weren't wiling to pay anything, they just said that they weren't willing to pay as much as Motorola was...
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