Motorola Wins Injunction Against Microsoft in Germany - NewsWilliam D'Angelo, posted on 02 May 2012 / 3,044 Views
Motorola has won its injunction against the sales of several Microsoft products in Germany, according to a BBC news report. The Xbox 360, Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Media would be banned from being sold or downloaded in Germany. Microsoft had infringed on two patents that use H.264 video coding and playback.
A US court has banned Motorola from enforcing the ban until it finalizes on the injunction next week. Microsoft has said that it has met all of Motorola's demands that it would have to pay $4 billion annually. "We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility's intellectual property," said a statement from Motorola. "As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property."
"This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web," a Microsoft spokesman said. "Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola's broken promise."
Microsoft did move its European software distribution center last month to the Netherlands from Germany in order to minimize the potential damage. Motorola can't enforce the ruling until a Seattle judge lifts a restraining order that is currently in place. A hearing is schedule to take place on May 7, however the judge does not have to issue his ruling until a later date. The German case is also likely to be seen by the European Commission.