Microsoft Files Suit Against Motorola Over Xbox Royalties

Microsoft has filed a claim against Motorola, alleging that the handset maker is seeking excessive royalties for patents that Microsoft uses in its Xbox game console.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant filed a lawsuit accusing Motorola of breaching commitments that allow other companies to license its patents relating to wireless technology and video coding, which are used in Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console.

Motorola responded with a statement saying it has tried to work with Microsoft to reach a licensing agreement, but “unfortunately, despite a fair offer from Motorola, Microsoft was unwilling to enter into a licensing agreement.”

The latest legal battle comes a month after another charge filed by Microsoft against Motorola, charging that the Schaumberg, Ill.-based phone maker infringed upon a number of its patents in its Android-based handsets.

The lawsuits are the latest in a series of legal skirmishes between several high-tech and mobile industry giants.

Apple has also recently sued Motorola, alleging it infringed upon patents, and the company has also filed suit against HTC, which makes Android-based handsets. Nokia has also been involved in lawsuits against Apple, with both companies suing one another over patent issues.

With the latest Microsoft lawsuit against Motorola, companies not only duke it out in the marketplace but in the courtroom as well.

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