US judge lets Microsoft continue to sell products with disputed patents

A U.S. decide has declined to raise an uncommon order that stops Motorola Mobility from imposing a ban in Germany on the sale of Microsoft’s Windows seven OS and XBox 360.

The federal decide in Seattle said Monday he might revisit his order that the German ruling not be enforced if circumstances modification, representatives from Microsoft and Motorola said.

Judge James Robart, who is overseeing the dispute within the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, had ordered Motorola to not enforce any injunction awarded in Germany before he had dominated on the underlying patent problems. Robart said the German ruling, if enforced, would improperly have an effect on the negotiations between the businesses.

The decide said his court ought to be the one to choose the difficulty as a result of it’s where the primary suit within the patent dispute was filed.

Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, David Howard, said he was “pleased the temporary restraining order remains in place pending the any ruling from the court.”

The case relates mainly to patents Motorola holds on display screen technologies. a number of the technologies compose a part of the H.264 video codec commonplace. Patented materials that become a part of trade standards are needed to be licensed beneath terms that are honest, cheap and non-discriminatory (FRAND). Microsoft argues that Motorola’s terms — it takes two.25 p.c of the ultimate value of every device sold — aren’t cheap. Motorola has fired back that, by suing, Microsoft has breeched its licensing terms and freed Motorola of any obligation to license the patents to Microsoft.

Microsoft said that within the Monday hearing, it asked decide Robart to supply outline judgment on whether or not Motorola had breached its agreement with the standards committee to supply patented technologies that are a part of trade standards on FRAND terms. Motorola, in turn, said it asked him to work out whether or not Microsoft had relinquished its rights to a FRAND licensing agreement by bringing suit against Motorola.

“We stay assured that Motorola Mobility has honored its FRAND commitments,” Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson said in an email.

Robart’s ruling is anticipated within the next number of weeks. If he declines to supply outline judgment, the problems are going to be addressed during a jury trial set to start Nov. 19.