A U.S. trade judge said that the Microsoft Xbox video game console is not violating patents belonging to Google through the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. U.S. International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw sided with Microsoft in this case, but his decision is subject to review by a six-member commission.
When Google acquired Motorola, it was apparent that there would be cuts. Google is going to be laying off another 10% of Motorola’s staff according to The Wall Street Journal. A Wall Street Journal reporter said that he saw an e-mail from a Google employee that says “costs are too high, we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive, and we’re losing money.”
Motorola Mobility attempted to ban the Xbox 360 by claiming a patent violation. The International Trade Commission agreed that Microsoft was infringing on the patents, but Microsoft was claiming that Motorola wanted too much money to license the standards-essential patents so they fought the ban.
Samsung Electronics recently added the iPad Mini, fifth generation iPod Touch, and fourth-generation iPad to a list of devices that violate their patents in a lawsuit. Now Motorola Mobility is considering adding the same devices to their patent lawsuit in the Southern District of Miami, Florida.
U.S. Cellular has just announced that they will be adding the Motorola Electrify M to their line of handsets. The Electrify M has 4G LTE support, a 4.3-inch borderless display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,000 mAh battery, NFC, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Apple appeared in front of a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. They told the judge that they would be willing to pay Motorola Mobility $1 per iPhone sold to continue to use Motorola’s patents. Apple wants the court to set several of Motorola’s patents to FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing.
Motorola has won a lawsuit against Microsoft in a patent lawsuit before a German court in Friday. A regional court in Mannheim has ruled that Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility did not infringe a Microsoft patent that allows applications to work on different handsets. This lets application developers avoid writing separate code for each handset, which saves time and development costs.
A lot of people are complaining about how the new Maps app in iOS 6 is bad. Apple CEO Tim Cook even just apologized for it. However Apple said that they will improve on their mapping product quickly. Motorola decided to take advantage of Apple’s negative PR, but it kind of back-fired on them. Motorola Mobility used a fake address in a recent ad as part of an attempt to make Apple’s mapping app look inferior to Google Maps. The ad used a hashtag that said #iLost. It shows how a DROID RAZR M smartphone locating the address in Manhattan with a detailed map and satellite imagery. Next to the DROID RAZR M is an iPhone 5 that cannot find the same location, but found a similar address in Brooklyn instead. The address that Motorola used 315 East 15th Street in Manhattan does note exist according to the U.S. Postal Service and the NYC Department of Buildings.