Google ends one patent war with Microsoft over Xbox 360

Search engine giant has previously sought to ban sales of the console

Google has moved to drop two patent infringement claims made against Microsoft related to video compression and wi-fi technology used in the Xbox 360.


The patents in question were developed by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility, which previously sought a ban on the sale of several Microsoft products for allegedly infringing on its innovations.

In May 2012 Google won an injunction against Microsoft in Germany, allowing it to impose a sales ban on Xbox 360, Windows 7 system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. However, this was later blocked by a US appeals court.

In a separate but related, ongoing dispute in a US court, Google and Microsoft are trying to determine suitable royalty rates for the use of the patents, which the Xbox maker wants to licence.

Google is seeking a fee of $4bn (£2.5bn) annually, but Microsoft insists the patents are only worth a quarter of that sum because they're essential to the tech industry as a whole and should therefore be licensed on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.