Microsoft wins against Motorola in patent trial

Microsoft, responsible for Windows Phone (OS that runs on handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 925 and new Lumia 1020), has won a patent trial against Google-owned Motorola.Microsoft-vs-Motorola-1

The news comes to us courtesy of Reuters. According to the news site, “Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday a jury decided in its favor in the second of two trials in federal court in Seattle concerning Motorola Mobility’s licensing of so-called standard, essential patents used in Microsoft products.

“The jury agreed with Microsoft’s claim that phone maker Motorola, owned by Google Inc, broke agreements with standard-setting bodies to license certain patents at a fair and reasonable rate, according to Microsoft.

“The jury awarded Microsoft about $14 million in damages, Microsoft said, about half what the company had asked for. That consisted of $11 million for the costs of relocating a warehouse in Germany due to an injunction on certain Microsoft products brought by Motorola in that country, and about $3 million in legal fees for fighting that injunction.”

In a statement, Microsoft said, “This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together.”

A Motorola spokesman said, “We’re disappointed in this outcome, but look forward to an appeal of the new legal issues raised in this case. In the meantime, we’ll focus on building great products that people love.”

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