Feeds

Xboxes stay on sale but may cost Microsoft money in Google case

We have a patent governing those pants you're wearing

High performance access to file storage

Google-owned Motorola won't be granted an injunction against Microsoft's Xbox games console, but only on the grounds that Redmond will cough up the readies if necessary.

Motorola had mooted the injunction in response to Microsoft's suit claiming patent infringements on Android handsets. But a federal judge in Seattle has decided that, given Motorola's wireless patents are FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory), Microsoft can buy a backdated licence if it is found to be infringing.

So an injunction to remove Xbox consoles from the shelves would be entirely inappropriate.

FRAND patents are those accepted into a standard on the condition that the owner agrees to license them out at a fair and reasonable rate.

The decision represents a minor victory for Microsoft in the ongoing war, and it shows that getting a patented technology adopted as part of a standard is a double-edged sword. In times past the news was (almost) all good, but now that patents are being wielded as weapons the FRAND obligations are rendering some of them a little blunt.

Motorola and Microsoft are continuing the good fight; as Ars Technica notes, they have both been busy filing with the (US) International Trade Commission in the hope of having each others' products banned from import.

The court case rumbles on with Motorola's patents covering radio and video compression standards while Microsoft argues that other Android licensees have paid up so Google/Motorola should be paying them too. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom
Six studios sling sueballs at dead download destination
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data
Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business
Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive
When even a prurient island nation thinks an idea is dodgy it has problems
Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit
Scandal hit camera maker just can't shake off its past
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.