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Microsoft sues Motorola over "excessive" WiFi, H.264 pricing

Nov 11, 2010, 20:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Bright)

"Not content with suing Motorola in October over alleged patent violations in its Android phones, Microsoft has decided to chuck another lawsuit Motorola's way. This time, the company is claiming that Motorola has reneged on its duty to provide reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) agreements for patents the company holds that cover both H.264 video compression and 802.11 (WiFi).

"As a member of both IEEE (the body which defines the WiFi specification, among other things) and ITU (which oversees H.264's development), Motorola is committed to providing RAND licensing for any patents it has that cover those technologies. Microsoft asserts that the patents are not essential to its products—including Xbox 360, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7—as they enable only optional, secondary features"

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