Microsoft, Motorola Set to Square Off in Court Over Patent Payments

By Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times


Microsoft and Motorola will be battling it out in U.S. District Court in Seattle starting Tuesday in a trial that’s being closely watched for its ramifications on the larger patent — and market — battles being fought between huge tech companies.

A federal judge will rule for the first time on what a reasonable royalty rate is for patents deemed essential for certain technologies that have become industry standards. At stake are billions of dollars.


Furthermore, said Robert Barr, executive director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law and Technology, the judge’s decision will likely “provide guidelines for how other companies negotiate FRAND licenses in the future, hopefully making it less necessary to go to court for a resolution.”