No more Windows 7, Xbox 360, IE and Windows Media player in Germany
This may sound a little bit crazy, Motorola Mobility (now owned by Google) has secured an injunction against Microsoft Corporation potentially prohibit the sale of the Xbox 360 games console and Windows 7 operating system over patent infringement claims. Germany has in recent months become a major battleground in the global patent war between makers of mobile phones, tablet computer devices and their operating software.
Judge Holger Kircher of the Mannheim Regional Court today awarded Motorola an injunction against Windows 7, the Xbox 360, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player after finding them in violation of patents related to “adaptive motion compensation” and “adaptive compression of digital video data.”
According to FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller, who was first to report on the story, the injunction would allow Motorola to ban the distribution of Microsoft’s products, as well as recall and destroy Windows 7 and Xbox 360 units that are currently on German store shelves. However, Mueller says that Motorola is facing some hurdles if it wants to enforce the bans.
However, Microsoft said that the ruling did not mean that its products would be taken off retailers’ shelves because a U.S. district court in Seattle has granted Microsoft a preliminary injunction against Motorola to prevent the phone maker from enforcing any German court order. The next step in the Microsoft-Motorola patent dispute: a hearing on the Seattle patent case, scheduled for May 7.
Microsoft has already moved its European distribution operations from Germany to the Netherlands in anticipation of the German ruling. Microsoft has said that if it met all of Motorola’s demands it would face an annual bill of $4bn.
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