November 10, 2010

Microsoft Files Xbox Patent Suit Against Motorola

Washington-based software giant Microsoft on Tuesday filed a patent lawsuit against Motorola Inc, accusing the phone manufacturer of charging excessive royalties on network technology used in Microsoft's Xbox video game console.

The federal suit comes a month after Microsoft charged that Motorola infringed a number of its patents in its Android-based smartphones, which run on software built by Google.

The suit alleges that Microsoft's former ally Motorola breached commitments to standards organizations that allow other companies to license its patents to wireless technology and video coding, which are used in the Xbox game system.

Motorola demanded "royalties that are excessive and discriminatory," argued Microsoft, asking the court for compensation from Motorola.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle. The case number is 2:10-cv-01823.


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