A ban on Xbox imports? Stakes rise in Microsoft’s Motorola patent dispute

Microsoft’s 4GB and 250GB Xbox 360 game consoles would be banned from import into the U.S. under a recommendation issued by an administrative law judge for the International Trade Commission. The recommendation follows a ruling that Microsoft’s game console infringes on Motorola’s digital video patents. Microsoft argues that Motorola is seeking unreasonable licensing fees for… Read More

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Google finishes $12.5B Motorola deal, new CEO promises ‘smaller, fewer bets’

Google this morning became a hardware company — completing its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility and promptly naming a new CEO for the company, existing Google executive Dennis Woodside. Woodside replaces Sanjay Jha, the Motorola exec who led the mobile phone company as it became one of Android’s biggest backers. The mantra from the new… Read More


Last hurdle for Google’s $12.5B Motorola deal: China

Antitrust regulators in Europe and the United States gave clearance last month to Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but the deal still hasn’t closed. So what’s the hangup? China, it turns out. Here’s the text of a regulatory filing from Motorola, made public this morning. Upon agreement with Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc…. Read More


Microsoft files EU complaint vs. Motorola, takes Google to task on standards and patents

Updated with Google’s statement below. Microsoft has filed a formal competition complaint against Motorola Mobility in Europe, saying that Motorola is seeking unreasonable royalties for patents needed to implement WiFi and web video standards in Windows PCs, Xbox 360 consoles and other products. The Redmond company is also taking aim at Motorola’s soon-to-be parent, Google,… Read More


Google’s $12.5B Motorola deal gets European approval

Google’s proposed acquisition of mobile phone giant Motorola won approval from the European Commission today, leaving the U.S. Justice Department as the last major hurdle for the $12.5 billion deal. A major motivation for the deal is Motorola’s large patent portfolio. The European clearance comes less than a week after Google promised publicly that it wouldn’t… Read More


Microsoft vs. Motorola: The 13-year-old patent filing in the middle of a smartphone war

The year was 1998. Bill Clinton was president, the original PlayStation was going head-to-head with the Nintendo 64, and a group of engineers from Microsoft’s Windows CE team filed a patent application for “Generating Meeting Requests And Group Scheduling From a Mobile Device.” Thirteen years later, the patent they later received has come back to… Read More


Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola over six patents

Motorola has been sued for patent infringement by Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based company run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold — marking the latest in a series of intellectual property disputes in the booming mobile industry. The suit, filed today in federal court in Delaware, cites six patents and says Intellectual Ventures has been… Read More


Google’s bigger game: The subplot behind the Motorola acquisition

“Having at least one area where we can do integrated hardware and software and learn from that probably produces better products.” – Google’s Eric Schmidt, speaking about the company’s Motorola acquisition yesterday. Guest Commentary: Many people in the tech industry would assume that Schmidt was thinking about mobile phones when he said that. But the… Read More


Google’s Schmidt: Patent issues ‘terrible,’ but Motorola deal about more than that

Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, gave his take on the company’s Motorola acquisition — and the state of the U.S. patent system — as part of his appearance on stage at’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco this afternoon. Questioned by by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Schmidt said Google’s proposed $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition isn’t just… Read More


Microsoft vs. Motorola, webOS vs. WP7, and a notebook that goes nine days on one charge

News and notes from the Microsoft beat …  Microsoft and Motorola are squaring off starting today in front of the International Trade Commission — one of the key battlegrounds in the Redmond company’s claims that Google’s Android operating system violates its patents. The Motorola case has taken on additional significance following Google’s agreement to acquire… Read More