Motorola drops patent infringement case against Microsoft over Xbox 360

Motorola had earlier demanded that Microsoft should pay $4 billion annually to them for infringing on their patents.

They have now dropped the patent case as the judge has ruled in Microsoft’s favour. Motorola is a Google owned subsidiary, so the company had earlier claimed that Microsoft had infringed on two patents which were based on WiFi and video compression technology.

They had said that these patents were protected under FRAND rights, and Microsoft should pay up for infringing on them. They had also sought a worldwide Xbox 360 ban and almost succeeded in Germany, however, a US appeals court had blocked it.

Judge James Robart had earlier ruled that these innovations that Motoroal was claiming were infringed were necessary for the consoles for basic functionalities and cannot be monopolized by one company.

Thanks, CVG.