While Apple and Samsung are set to hash out their differences and hopefully come to a settlement agreement, Motorola and Microsoft are still at each other’s throats and in the latest development, Motorola has won an injunction against Microsoft’s Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 in Germany. The court ultimately ruled in Motorola’s favor in the case of four lawsuits filed against Microsoft pertaining to alleged patent infringement that covers the H.264 video encoding standard, a format which reportedly is used by roughly 80% of all digital videos.
The injunction will prevent the distribution of Windows 7, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and the Xbox 360. Motorola is even going as far as requesting the infringing products be recalled from their retail outlets and destroyed. Motorola is also demanding royalties be paid to them which has been estimated at $4 billion annually, a figure that Microsoft is obviously objecting to. According Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents, it seems that this ridiculously huge figure was made in order to force Microsoft into a broad cross-licensing agreement, a move in which the European Commission is investigating as this could violate EU antitrust laws.
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