Google Ends Patent War Against Microsoft

EuroFight - January 11, 2013 03:05PM in Copyright Infringers

Google has withdrawn two patent claims relating to Wi-Fi and video compression technologies used in the Xbox 360. Microsoft has commented on the matter, saying it hopes that Google will continue to withdraw patent claims against the corporation. One example of these claims is Google demanding $4 billion a year from Microsoft to use its patents, based on a 2.25% royalty. Microsoft refuses to pay this, and the lawsuit is currently pending ruling by a US judge.

There have been many previous lawsuits between the companies including one case in Germany, which was won by Google in May 2012. This allowed the judge to impose a sale ban on a number of Microsoft's key products including the Xbox 360 and Windows 7, however this was later overruled.