Microsoft sues Motorola over Xbox royalty fees

By Mike ยท 15 replies
Nov 10, 2010
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  1. Microsoft is taking more legal action against its former partner Motorola. A new lawsuit filed yesterday in a Seattle federal court alleges that Motorola charges "excessive and discriminatory" amounts on royalty payments for technology used in Xbox consoles. Microsoft claims that during IEEE and ITU processing Motorola pledged to license its patents for WLAN and H.264 video technology at fair and reasonable prices. They go on to argue that royalty fees should be based on the cost of the components in question and not the overall sale price of the device being sold.

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  2. bam13

    bam13 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Great, another neverending process about nothing has just begun...
  3. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    haha this is a Your charging me too much about a deal we made years ago .

    but im also suing you because you wont pay MY overcharging

  4. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    Mr. Pot? This is Mr. Kettle!

    They're all rediculous. They all steal from one another, they all screw each other. Haven't these big corporations ever heard that no one likes a tattle tail?
  5. ReMonster

    ReMonster TS Rookie

    If they didn't want to pay the royalties they should not have put there IP's and hardware in their device.
  6. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    I have to agree that Microsoft is being incredibly hypocritical in this instance. They force xbox live subs in order to do just about anything (when Ps3 and Wii consoles do not) and then have the nerve to sue Motorola over doing essentially the same thing?

    I guess their philosophy of "pay to play" only applies when they are on the receiving end of the money.
  7. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47

    Protect your product, sign & respect contract, stop to sue companies for unclear information.
  8. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Oh Microsoft, if only everything in the world could go in your favor. Welcome to the world of being screwed by a large company, enjoy your stay.
  9. I feel the same about the overpriced Windows operating systems that come out every 2-5 years. Can we the customers sue MS for that?
  10. zogo

    zogo TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Everybody sues everybody in the big business market.They are boring!!!
    Why throwing millions of dollars on lawsuits and courts when they can make something productive for their comsumers.Everything is politics!
  11. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    *sigh* Microsoft and lawsuits never ending battle, anyways i surprised these two companies have much in common for more than just one lawsuit, anyone know who won the first one?
  12. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 180

    Everyone in tech sues everyone in tech. I wonder how many ongoing suits there are just with Microsoft alone?
  13. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    I lold, but that's it.
  14. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    This is kinda legitimate, but I'm still tired of these lawsuits
  15. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    US federal courts are full of lawsuit, I cant imagine the amount of paperwork, workers must be overwhelmed.
  16. miska_man

    miska_man TS Member Posts: 49

    So if Microsoft can sue Motorola for charging to much for royalties, when can I sue for them charging too much for a Live subscription?

    Ok, so I really don't think that's quite the same, but I am still wondering why the price of Live went UP instead of down even though they keep getting more subscribers?

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