Google’s purchase of Motorola for it arsenal of patents continues to appear a wasted investment after Microsoft fended off a challenge from the subsidiary in a Washington court, according to widespread reports.
Motorola had sued Microsoft over the use of its patent in its Xbox systems and had hoped to score billions in fines in the court case. However, a judge said he was minded to only award a fraction of this – around $1.8m – to Motorola. The decision was welcomed by Microsoft.
“This decision is good for consumers because it ensures patented technology committed to standards remains affordable for everyone," said David Howard, Microsoft's deputy general counsel, in a statement cited by Reuters.
V3 contacted Google for comment on the outcome but had received no reply at the time of publication
Google bought Motorola in 2011 for $12.5bn in a move widely recognised as a strategic purchase of patents in the growing legal battles between major firms in the industry. However, that strategy appears to have failed as Motorola has failed to win any key legal battles. Furthermore, the vast majority of firm’s using Google’s Android systems have signed patent deals with Microsoft over the system, further undermining the patent holdings of Motorola.
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