Google Withdraws Patent Infringement Claims Against Microsoft
According to the patent, Microsoft was using a video compression technology and wireless networking innovations owned by Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary Google company.
Google was arguing in court that Microsoft should pay them up to 4 billion dollars a year for the use of technology. However, Microsoft countered these demands by saying that it was only worth 1 million dollars a year, due to the fact that the innovations have been recognized as critical to industry standards and should therefore be licensed on fair and non-discriminatory terms.
As a result, Motorola filed lawsuits in the US and Europe, in an attempt to block several products from sale, like the Xbox 360 and Windows 7. A German court originally had granted this injunction against several Microsoft products, but was ultimately superseded by a US court’s ruling, rejecting the ban.
Avoiding public humility, Google has withdrawn their international lawsuit, and will come to terms with Microsoft in a US court, over how much money they should receive annually for their software.