Microsoft and Motorola are in a massive lawsuit battle. Microsoft started by suing Motorola for violation of nine trade patents that involve smartphones. Then Microsoft followed up with that lawsuit with another one that relates to inflated royalties fees for technology that the software giant uses in their Xbox 360 video game console. Now Motorola decided to fight back.
Microsoft said that the Xbox 360 fees that Motorola charges is “unlawful” and violates their pledge to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Telecommunications Union to impose “reasonable non-discriminatory terms and conditions” to licensees. Motorola developed the WLAN networking and H.264 video coding that goes in the 360.
Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Motorola, has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for violating sixteen patents by Microsoft’s PC and Server software, Windows mobile, and Xbox products. The patents relate to PC and Server software, digital video coding, e-mail technology (Exchange/Messenger/Outlook), Windows Marketplace, Bing maps, and their object oriented software architecture.