updated 11:55 pm EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
H.264 lawsuit continues to unfold
Microsoft has reportedly asked a US court to prohibit Motorola from immediately enforcing a potential injunction if the latter company wins a ruling in German courts. As noted in Florian Mueller's blog, the software giant has offered to establish a $300 million bond to cover potential licensing fees and prevent Motorola from interrupting product shipments until a Seattle lawsuit has come to a conclusion.
The dispute centers around the H.264 video codec, which Microsoft uses for several products including Windows 7, Xbox 360 and Internet Explorer 9. Motorola claims that Microsoft is guilty of patent infringement, having failed to agree to licensing terms.
Microsoft counters that Motorola is abusing the patent, demanding exorbitant licensing fees of 2.25 percent taken from the total retail price of each product. In a countersuit, Microsoft claims Motorola is not adhering to FRAND licensing terms.
The Seattle court has yet to respond to Microsoft's latest filing.