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Motorola Scores a Courtroom Coup in Germany
(05/02/12) Today in international tech news: Germany grants Motorola a big victory against Microsoft. Elsewhere, the U.S. Office of Trade Representatives says that 99 percent of all music downloads in China are illegal, a French group goes to court because Google's autocomplete suggests that "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm is Jewish, and China plays cat-and-mouse with the myriad terms used to discuss dissident Chen Guangcheng.

A court in Mannheim, Germany, has granted Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) an injunction against some of Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) top products, including Xbox, Windows 7 software and Internet Explorer.

The BBC was one of the outlets covering the story:

[The injunction] follows a ruling that Microsoft had infringed two patents necessary to offer H.264 video coding and playback ...

Microsoft has said that if it met all of Motorola's demands it would face an annual bill of US$4 billion (pounds 2.5 billion). Motorola disputes the figure.

A statement from Motorola said: "We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility's intellectual property. As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property."

Motorola, however, cannot act on Wednesday's decision until the case is heard by a U.S. court next week, according to Reuters.


Motorola Scores a Courtroom Coup in Germany
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