Motorola requesting over 2% of Microsoft Surface profits

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  1. Wenwm

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    The latest legal action to face Microsoft is regarding its popular Surface tablet and Motorola, who are claiming they deserve a piece of the action from the device’s profits. The newly Google-company brought up the Microsoft Surface, during their on-going court battles, as a device that infringes on their patents. Motorola claims that since the Microsoft-made tablet’s only connectivity option is Wi-Fi, and Motorola owns the general patents surrounding that technology, Microsoft should pay high royalties for using the technology.
    This is a quote from Motorola’s claim
    Interestingly enough, if Microsoft does end up losing these battles, they will find themselves paying over $4 billion a year to Motorola/Google just on these claims. Neverthless, this might not end up well for Microsoft because they will have to pay Motorola for using their Wi-Fi technology, now the price is based on what the judge feels is fair.

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    Wait, so Motorola is claiming to own the wifi patent? Is that correct?
     
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    A standard-essential patent is a patent that claims an invention that must be used to comply with a technical standard. Motorola has a patent that is essential to the 802.11 standard. Microsoft and Motorola disagree on how much that patent is worth, so the court gets to decide.
     
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    Who is suppose to be responsible for the technology licensing, the WiFi hardware manufacturer, or the buyer of that hardware? In other words, there's a physical hardware chip that was purchased for the Tablet's manufacture, which allows the Tablet to communicate via WiFi. Isn't it that chip manufacturer's responsibility to have a license for the technology, and not the customer, or Microsoft in this case?

    It's a good thing God didn't have any lawyers when he developed man, otherwise we as humans, would be paying a whole lot of licensing fees. :big smile:


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