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.”