Trials starts today
Google’s Motorola Mobility and Microsoft are all set for second round of two trials between the firms that clash over the patents for Internet and smartphone technology.
During the trial, starting today, the US federal court in Seattle would decide whether Motorola violated its agreement with Microsoft to license on logical terms its alleged standard essential patents, which cover wireless and video technology deployed in the Xbox game console, Reuters reported.
The latest proceedings follow a trial in November 2012 that determined the appropriate fee for Microsoft’s use of patented technology from Motorola.
However, the US District Judge James Robart suggested the appropriate rate as $1.8m, which is more than Microsoft’s estimation of $1m, while less compared to Motorola’s demand for about $4bn annually.
Microsoft said in its filings that it agreed to pay Motorola about $6.8m in past fees, while Google’s mobility unit rejected the money.
As part of the approaching trial, Microsoft would argue that Motorola’s early demand was excessive, which violates its agreement to charge for the technology as per the reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (RAND).