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Judge Invalidates 13 Motorola Patent Claims Against Microsoft 109

walterbyrd writes "Microsoft scored a victory against Google-owned Motorola Mobility this week after a judge scrapped 13 of the latter party's patent claims in a years-long dispute over H.264-related royalties. Waged in U.S. and German courts, the battle involves three patents (7,310,374, 7,310,375, and 7,310,376) that Motorola licenses to Microsoft for several products, including the Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone. PJ is commenting on the case over at"
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Judge Invalidates 13 Motorola Patent Claims Against Microsoft

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  • Christ... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Sunday February 10, 2013 @03:29AM (#42848663)

    This is good. No, it's bad. No, its good. Wait, no, it's bad. Is Apple involved? It's bad. No it's good⦠Jesus, who the fuck knows. As a fanboi, what the fuck am I to do?

  • by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Sunday February 10, 2013 @04:21AM (#42848823)
    Lawful or chaotic neutral? We are still lost.
  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Sunday February 10, 2013 @04:21AM (#42848827)

    For Apple, and the rest of the corporate world, it's bad news, because it seems it's getting harder and harder to use patents as weapons.

    For Apple it's great news.

    No Apple lawsuit has had any real effect to date. The biggest one is a not negligible 1 billion dollar payout by Samsung - but that's not even certain yet.

    So by with all these patents folding like a house of cards, it saves Apple a lot of money that would otherwise go to "fruitless" lawsuits.

    Basically corporations (not just Apple) kind of have to sue to protect patents. It''s like a legal reflex. With that need removed, they will spend less on litigation.

    Apple (and other companies) have done just fine competing in a world where companies are making using of technologies patented by the other side. So the weak patents being thrown out will have no impact.

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