Legal News

Microsoft Renews Attack on Google
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

While throughout last year we had seen a public war of words between Microsoft and Google, this time things are heating up to enter the legal arena full scale.

Microsoft has sought license fees from Android resellers and has expressed willingness to sue those who fail to comply. Significantly, last March, Microsoft added itself as a party to an antitrust complaint initially filed by other small businesses against Google.

However, the latest scene is set to be on fire.

  
What
Where


In its latest complaint, Microsoft accused Motorola of breaching faith and breaking its promise to license its patents under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms.

The complaints are targeted at Motorola for overcharging for some patents related to H.264 videos. Microsoft claims that while it licenses more than 3,000 patents from close to 30 companies at a cost near $0.02 on a $1000 laptop, Motorola is trying to charge $22.50 for its 50 patents.

A similar complaint against Motorola has been filed by Apple in Europe.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




However, such claims do not prevent Microsoft from charging questionably high fees from Android resellers. But, as critics point out, Microsoft never licensed these patents for use in a broadly available standard like the H.264 video format. Broadly available formats need to be under the required FRAND terms according to industry conventions.

Google released a statement in retort saying, “We haven’t seen Microsoft’s complaint, but it’s consistent with the way they use the regulatory process to attack competitors. It’s particularly ironic, given their track record in this area and collaboration with patent trolls.”



The war between the two software giants, one ruling desktops and the other the internet has been food for thought with the global consumers caught in between.

Recently Microsoft released full page ads in criticism of Google’s new privacy policy, and Google replied with a blog post debunking “myths” about Microsoft.

Last year, Microsoft had invited Google’s Matt Cutts to a panel moderated by a well-known Google critic in presence of Bing’s Harry Shum. However, just before walking into the meeting, Google released proof to Search Engine Land that showed how Bing was scraping search results from Google. The discussion began and ended on that theme instead of creating the Googlegate Microsoft wanted.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigator with 5-10 years of general insurance defense experience

USA-FL-West Palm Beach

Boutique litigation firm is looking for an experienced litigator with 5-10 years of general insuranc...

Apply Now

Transactional Real Estate Attorney with 4-10 years of experience

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office is seeking a transactional real estate attorney with 4-10 years of experience.

Apply Now

Real Estate/Business Transaction Attorney with 8+ years of experience

USA-WA-Seattle

Seattle office is seeking a real estate & business transaction attorney with 8+ years of experience....

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 2-5 years of insurance coverage experience

USA-MD-Towson

Towson office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 2-5 years of business, insurance coverage...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Contract Attorney

USA-CA-Beverly Hills

We are looking for a civil business litigator with 3+ years of experience who is capable of attendin...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

As an in-house legal counsel at Wix’s legal department, you will play a significant role in de...

Apply now

Experienced Insurance Defense Attorney Needed

USA-NY-Bohemia

Defense Negligence firm with offices in Nassau County and main office in Suffolk County seeks a full...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-MO-Kansas City

Successful, expanding KC personal injury law firm seeks an attorney with 5+ years personal injury li...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top