Motorola today won an injunction against the set of four ongoing lawsuits between Motorola and the software giant. The four injunctions include the distribution of Windows 7, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and the Xbox 360 in Germany. Motorola is now under investigation by the European Union for its use of 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, and H.264 patents, and EU regulators will be watching its case with Microsoft closely. Earlier we reported that the US International Trade Commission judge has ruled out that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 infringes four of Motorola’s patents. Many of the patents cover H.264 video encoding, which is a standard. The software giant will likely appeal this decision immediately to avoid a costly ban on its biggest consumer products in Germany.
Update: Microsoft comment given to Engadget
“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. 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. ”
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