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Microsoft Accuses Google, Motorola of Patent Misuse in Europe

Coming just weeks after promising to be "fair and reasonable" with their licensing of industry standard patents, Microsoft is putting their new policy to the test in Europe with a complaint to regulators about Google and Motorola. The fight comes just two weeks after Google won final approval for its acquisition of Motorola from European regulators. At that time, regulators issued a warning for businesses to stop suing one another over patents. Whether Google heeds this warning is not yet known, though the company has previously indicated it still intends to retain the option to sue. This puts them at odds with Microsoft; the company's new policy includes a promise not to sue or seek injunctions to deal with patent disputes.

Microsoft's beef is that Motorola, with the tacit approval of Google, is in violation of tech industry agreements, specifically in its charging of what they deem to be unfairly high prices for access to patents as an underhanded means of gaining the advantage in the mobile devices market. Motorola denies the claims, insisting that Microsoft was offered the same terms as Motorola's other licensees, but didn't accept. Google added that Microsoft is merely trying to "use the regulatory process to attack competitors." European regulators have confirmed they are reviewing the matter, and will comment soon.

  • jdog2pt0
    "regulators issued a warning for businesses to stop suing one another over patents"


    Can it be.....No....

    Maybe....
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Can I just say I love the picture in the first post? The comments, too. :)
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  • zankuto
    jdog2pt0"regulators issued a warning for businesses to stop suing one another over patents"Can it be.....No....Maybe....A My little pony site for the image host? Not even going to go there. But I agree the first post comment is more ingenious than all of the lawyers for the big tech companies put together.
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  • What about all the deals Microsoft already force the various Android OEMs to make with them using their patent pool? I guess that now that they have a steady income from those, making what - $10 for every android device sold? - they think they can play innocent and pretend Google and Apple are the ones using their patents to harm their competitors. Not to mention that I've never actually seen Google initiating an attack against either MS or Apple with their patents, (unless perhaps you want to count the case Motorola brought against Apple before its acquisition by Google.)
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  • A Bad Day
    The chances of businesses stopping patent lawsuits is equivalent to patent trolls actually manufacturing products.
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  • maxwebb
    At that time, regulators issued a warning for businesses to stop suing one another over patents.
    seriously? WARNED against protecting your property? now would be the time to create a startup pharmaceutical company to replicate as many drugs as you can. that way you can sell them at an extremely discounted cost whereby taking over market share... since you didn't have to spend the billions of dollars in research to patent the drug yourself.
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  • maxwebb
    regulators enforcing piracy... jack sparrow would be proud.
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  • jhansonxi
    "Fair and reasonable" is in the eye of the beholder.
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  • freggo
    Funny how M$ does not like the taste of it's own medicine :-)

    RIP Netscape anyone ?
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  • zozzlhandler
    Microsoft Pot to Motorola Kettle - you are black...
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