Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Mar 2012 01:58 UTC, submitted by anda_skoa
Legal Notorious competition law offender Microsoft has asked the EU's competition department to look into Motorola's behavior regarding patent licences vital for h.264 video. Microsoft complains that Motorola doesn't play by the usual rules and wants to decide by itself how much they want to charge for patents it owns. According to Microsoft, acceptable behavior for patent owners is to licence patens vital for industry standards at rates of single-digits-cents per device and ask for double-digits-cent amounts only for patents not necessary for implementing such standards. Since according to Microsoft's complaints at least some of the patents abused that way are related to h.264 video encoding/decoding, one has to wonder how much MPEG LA's ensurance of patent safety is now worth.
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" Wouldn't the solution just be for Goggle to sell their own Android phone/tablet. Microsoft would then have to deal with Google directly - "You infringe our patents, blah, blah, blah" ...."

Isn't Google already doing that with Motorola? Motorola refused to pay a cent to Microsoft when they were approached for the usual Android fee (and that stance continues under the Google leadership), so Microsoft was forced to reveal the patents they were asserting. So, we should focus on how that Microsoft vs Motorola court battle regarding Android patents is going.

Edited 2012-03-20 09:30 UTC

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