Motorola has been granted an injunction against the distribution of key Microsoft products in Germany, covering the sales the Xbox 360, Windows 7 system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.
Even though this gives Motorola the right to enforce a ban of Microsoft’s products in the country, a US court has banned Motorola from enforcing the action until it considers the matter next week.
Motorola is in dispute with Microsoft over 50 intellectual properties that the smartphone maker believes Microsoft should have licensed, something which Microsoft says would cost the company $4bn (£2.5bn) a year if enforced. Motorola disputes the figure.
“We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property,” says a statement from Motorola. “As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property.”
Microsoft is of course planning to dispute this new injunction, which no doubt will end up coming to nothing, either by it agreeing a compensation package or winning the appeal in either Germany, the US or both.
“This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web,” a spokesman said.
“Motorola is prohibited from acting on today’s decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola’s broken promise.”
As mentioned, a Seattle-based judge has placed a restraining order on Motorola preventing this action from taking effect.
In summary, nothing will happen, at least until the next court hearing.