Microsoft and Motorola restart to duke it out in courts across the world, and it looks like the Google-owned assembler has just chalked up a victory in Europe. Based on a pair of patents byzantine the H.264 video codec, the Mannheim regional
notes:an endemic is a disease that is constantly present to a greater or lesser degree in people of a certain class or in people living in a particular location; an epidemic is a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease that infects many peop court ruled on four lawsuits between the two companies, granting an injunction against the continued layout of Windows 7, the net* Explorer, Windows Media Player and the Xbox 360 in Germany. Microsoft has already upped sticks from the country to reduce the effect of its current legal predicament. FOSS Patents reports that Motorola won't be able to directly enforce the ruling. The company is still being investigated by the EU over feasible antitrust violations related to licensing its patents -- commodity that could further ravel today's ruling.
Update: Microsoft's just got in touch to comment on the recent ruling -- it doesn't look like it's over just yet:
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"This is one step in a long process, and we are secure that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its yardstick essential patents convenient on fair and degree terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web. Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision, and our vocation in Germany will reopen as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the base issue of Motorola's broken promise. "
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