Microsoft Suing Motorola Over Xbox 360 Tech

Not everything inside the Xbox 360 was designed entirely by Microsoft; the console's wi-fi capabilities (hold the jokes) and some its video codecs are licensed from Motorola. And are now the subject of a court battle between the two companies.

A suit has been filed in a Federal Court in Seattle by Microsoft, alleging Motorola "broke its promise" in regards to patent licensing by charging "royalties that are excessive and discriminatory" for the technology included in the Xbox 360.

The specific tech in question is related to the Xbox 360's ability to connect to a network wirelessly over WLAN, as well as its ability to display videos running in the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec.

Microsoft is asking the courts to determine a more reasonable royalty rate for the use of the technology, along with compensation for Motorola's alleged breach of contract.


    The current state of large corporations is pretty sad when even millions/billions aren't enough: you just need that little bit more.

    As such, so long as this doesn't impact me directly, I couldn't care less.

      Given that Microsoft don't really make that much in the Xbox division it seems reasonable they are pissed off at Motorola for trying to stick em for all they can get.

    Codecs on consoles are hilarious. It's fantastic to see users scrambling to convert videos every which way so that they're compatible, while I sit back and relax with my HTPC rocking CCCP.

      ... that is one of the nerdiest things ive ever heard.

    Wish the 360 would play .mov files, as that's the format of half the trailers I dl from gamearena.

    "royalties that are excessive and discriminatory"

    This coming from the company that makes millions every night?

      Even if you were a billionaire i'm sure you'd be miffed if you went to buy some milk and the shopkeep said it would cost you $10,000 (even though the regular price is $2.50), hey you'd be a billionaire, you could afford it.

      I can understand if MS are getting annoyed with Motorola because they have found that they are being charged far more than anyone else for the use of the tech.

    So, If YOU were making millions every night that would justify someone trying to rip you off? Regardless of a contractual agreement? On the basis that you make a lot of money and have a large income?

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