Microsoft Files Complaint on EC Approval of Google-Motorola Mobility Buyout

Microsoft has filed a formal complaint against the approval of Google’s buyout of Motorola Mobility and claimed this means the demise of Windows PCs, Xbox gaming consoles and online video streaming.

The European Commission and the US FTC gave the go-ahead signal for the deal to push through, but Microsoft is not so eager to accept these facts, as it filed its preliminary complaint to the EC against Motorola Mobility about patent rights related to the H.264 video standard.

According to a blog post by Dave Heiner, VP and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, the recent filing revolves around a so-called attempt by Motorola to stop the sales of Windows computers, Xbox gaming consoles and several products.

“Their offense? These products enable people to view videos on the Web and to connect wirelessly to the Internet using industry standards,” he exacted.

The root problem circles on technical standards that companies, including Motorola Mobility, agreed on in the past.

Heiner added, “Motorola and all the other firms that contributed to these standards also made a promise to one another: that if they had any patents essential to the standards, they would make their patents available on fair and reasonable terms, and would not use them to block competitors from shipping their products.”

“Motorola has broken its promise. Motorola is on a path to use standard essential patents to kill video on the Web, and Google as its new owner doesn’t seem to be willing to change course.”

 

Author: Francis Rey Balolong

A coffee junkie who spends most of his time writing about the latest news on social media and mobile technology. I would definitely consider myself a nerd (in the coolest most hipster way possible). That being said, I love technology, music, writing, and all things mobile.

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