Windows and Xbox 360 can still be sold in Germany for now

If you live in Germany and wanted to get a new copy of Windows or an Xbox 360 console, you can still do so ... at least for now. The Seattle Times reports this week that a federal judge in Seattle has allowed Microsoft to continue to sell products from those two divisions of that company in Germany while it continues its court case against Motorola.

The dispute started in 2010 when Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Motorola, claiming it was not providing its patents relating to online video and wireless at a fair price. Naturally, Motorola fired back with its own lawsuit, filed in Germany, against Microsoft in 2011, claiming Microsoft was in violation of Motorola's patents.

Motorola was seeking an injunction against Microsoft from selling its products in Germany but this week, Judge James Robart decided in Microsoft favor. However, that situation could change if the courts decide to rule in favor of Motorola in the main patent case. There's no word on when that might happen.

Microsoft issued a statement after the judge's ruling, saying:

Motorola promised to make its patents available to Microsoft and other companies on fair and reasonable terms. Today's ruling means Motorola can't prevent Microsoft from selling products until the court decides whether Motorola has lived up to its promise.

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Microsoft should just send Steve Ballmer over to Motorola's headquarters to throw some chairs and break a few lamps. They'll get in line real quick.

Enron said,
Microsoft should just send Steve Ballmer over to Motorola's headquarters to throw some chairs and break a few lamps. They'll get in line real quick.

I pictured him doing that whilst "singing" Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers. I lol'd.

These companies need to stop using Germany as their own personal patent law suit playground. Motorola & Apple both need to get knotted!!!

thekim said,
beautiful that a judge in Seattle can decide what happens in Germany.

multinational company with headquarters in the USA... they can tell the headquartered company stop selling something somewhere else and the other arm has to follow the HQ's orders...

neufuse said,

multinational company with headquarters in the USA... they can tell the headquartered company stop selling something somewhere else and the other arm has to follow the HQ's orders...

though away around this is a sister company that is not in control by the main one but simply takes consult and is funded by ha

I am sure Microsoft has a legal entity in Germany. That legal entity is a company on its own but still related to Microsoft.