Google drops two patent claims against Microsoft
Google purchased Motorola Mobility in 2011. Google had asked the ITC to block sales on Microsoft's Xbox game console. The patents involved dealt with Wi-Fi and the H.264 video standard.
Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard said that the company was glad that Google had dropped the claims and hoped to see Google continue to drop similar claims in other jurisdictions as required by the agreement with the FTC. On Tuesday, both the Justice Department and the USPTO made a joint-policy statement saying that the use of sales bans as a punishment for infringement of standards-essential patents should be disallowed except in very rare cases.
2. platformwars (Posts: 52; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Apple... Take some inspiration.. You're already making enough profits and have enough market share(For Now). Play Fair.. let the market and the consumers decide the winner and not the courts..
3. mrochester (unregistered)
It needs to be both. Consumers can't be expected to make purchasing decisions based on whether patents have been violated or not. That's for a court to decide.
5. joey_sfb (Posts: 1879; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Why don't we drop all design and software patent claims. Patent design is like patenting language usage and software like patenting mathematics.
I only hinders innovation and human evolution.
8. mrochester (unregistered)
Because you'd stifle innovation if you allowed anyone and everyone to copy from some one elses hard work and investment. Companies need to be made to come up with their own designs/ideas/solutions and they are forced to do that by the threat of legal action against them.
6. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
Microsoft can blackmail Android manufacturers and Google can not????
Microsoft = biggest briber ever!
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7. bon24x7 (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
So Google goes out and buys Motorola for their patents, then tries to patent troll and fails. LOL