/// Google Withdraws Patent Claims Against Microsoft

January 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Google today filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox. Microsoft wants to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that Google controls now that it owns Motorola — but  not on Google’s proposed royalty terms . This is exactly what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had sought to stop in its recently proposed consent order on Google, which said Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties. However, the FTC settlement announcement had been oddly unclear about whether existing cases would have to be dropped . Now it seems that issue has worked itself out. However, Google is still contesting Microsoft over one patent in the ITC case that is not part of an industry standard. Google is also still fighting Microsoft over SEP injunctions in pending lawsuits in Washington State  and Germany . Today’s filing explicitly does not apply to other ongoing cases. Google had previously dropped an ITC complaint against Apple over seven Motorola patents  in October. We’ve contacted Apple but have not heard back about any further developments. The U.S. Department and Justice and Patent and Trade Organization today came out with a policy statement on SEPs that by some people’s reading appears to be stricter than what the FTC and Google agreed upon. Motion to Terminate re H.264 Patents by

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