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Post Google's H.264 license undermines Motorola patent case, Microsoft says

In one of its many patent disputes against Motorola Mobility, Microsoft is submitting a patent license agreement that Motorola's new owner Google signed to gain use of standard video tools. Microsoft hopes it'sproof that Motorola can't sue anyone for using standards-essential technology.

In support of a motion to dismiss a Motorola claim for injunctive relief, Microsoft asked US District Court in Western Washington Friday for permission to submit as evidence 'a license agreement between third-party MPEG LA and Google, which Microsoft believes is relevant to the issues raised in its motion.'

Why is this important? Since long before being acquired by Google, Motorola has been suing Microsoft and others in various settings over use of patented technology related to industry standards, including the H.264 video codec. Microsoft argues that Motorola has violated obligations it made to standards groups to offer licenses to the patents under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND).

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