Is Motorola charging the same amount to all manufacturers using its patents or are they singling out Microsoft?
If Google/Motorola's thing holds up in court, what's to stop Microsoft from charging Android manufacturers equally outrageous amounts?
AFAIK, it's 2.25% regardless of who the licensee is, which, on a $500 phone handset works out at about ~11 dollars. Not cheap by any means, but not extortionate IMO. Microsoft didn't want to pay, and now things move to the next stage. $4 billion p/a is crazy, but I think with that kind of demand, they're trying to send a message, rather than actually seeking damanges (although given capitalism, I could well be mistaken).
To me, this just looks like a message from the Googleplex that extorting their customers doesn't fly anymore, and now they've got Motorola's patent cache, they're ready to bite back.
EDIT: Maths was hilariously wrong.
Edited by Majesticmerc, 07 May 2012 - 23:53.