An intellectual property analyst named Florian Mueller, who tracks worldwide patent disputes, has said in his blog that Motorola is near to win a case in a German patent fight. Motorola is demanding a 2.25% royalty from Microsoft for every sale of Windows 7, XBOX 360, Microsoft Word, and a few other products. The patents in question deal with video compression and decompression technology, covering methods for reducing the amount of bandwidth needed for video that is streamed online.
Mueller wrote in his blog:
A short summary of today's trial (technically four trials, but organized as one because of overlapping issues) is that the court is inclined to rule, with a decision scheduled for April 17, 2012, that Microsoft Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, the Windows Media Player and the XBOX 360 infringe on those two patents.
According to General Instrument Corporation, a subsidiary of Motorola, Microsoft has violated the patents which are used in Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Windows Media Player and XBOX 360.
It’s not only Microsoft and Motorola, there are many tech companies that are indulged in legal fights over patents such as, Apple and Samsung. The software giant Microsoft itself is getting royalties from many manufacturing companies. Though Microsoft has not revealed how much money it gets from such royalties, but the company’s attorney Brad Smith has suggested in the past that around US$ 5 per mobile device "seems like a fair price”.