February 23, 2012- Microsoft has told regulators in Europe that patents are being misused by Motorola Mobility Holdings in an attempt to get the upper hand in the mobile device marketplace. MMH Inc. was recently sold to Google, Inc. the internet search giant.
This is just one of the many new developments in the legal war between companies that are unfairly using important patents against their competition. Microsoft, in its lawsuit, claims Motorola with Google’s support, is violating agreements in the technology industry that were made to make patents available at fair terms and prices for manufacturers.
Microsoft said unfair prices are being demanded by Motorola from manufacturers for standard patents such as enabling videos to be viewed on the Internet and connect to the web wirelessly. Microsoft products affected by these patents include Xbox consoles and laptops.
Other patents that are standard are involved in a European Commission investigation about whether Samsung Electronics is using them in lawsuits against its competitors. Samsung announced they would fight against the EC investigation, which no company complained about to prompt it.
Google announced that the complaint by Microsoft was, “another attempt of Microsoft’s to attack competitors using the regulatory process.”
Motorola said the same terms in licensing were offered to Microsoft that it offered to all other similar parties, however, Motorola said Microsoft disregarded the offer.