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Motorola and Microsoft put lawsuits on pause while they wait for FRAND verdict

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Motorola and Microsoft are jointly filing to stay their patent-related litigation in the US in order to let the court focus on RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing issues that are set to go to trial in November. The stay won't impact international complaints, like those in front of the ITC or European commission.

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Motorola and Microsoft are jointly filing to stay some patent-related litigation in the US in order to let the court focus on FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing issues that are set to go to trial in November. Microsoft claims that Motorola breached its commitments to license its Wi-Fi and H.264 video encoding technology under FRAND terms, charging it much more than the industry norm. However, "fair and reasonable" leaves some room for interpretation, and Motorola sought to have the case dropped last year. The filing doesn’t relate to the international complaints, including those in front of the ITC, the EU Commission, or in Germany. Honestly, the whole mess is enough to make you wonder if we even need patents at all.