Friday July 31, 2015

Google Loses Bid to Overturn Low-Cost Patent Licenses To Microsoft

Google originally asked for $4 billion. Courts only give them $1.8 million. Google appeals. In the process, Microsoft is awarded $14.5 million for breach of contract. Appeals court rules against Google. Considering we haven't even calculated attorney fees yest, Google probably should have just taken a pass on this one.

After a 2012 trial, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle said the appropriate royalty rate was $1.8 million, far less than Motorola’s demand for as much as $4 billion a year. A jury later found Motorola in breach of contract. Google appealed the verdict and the royalty rate to the 9th Circuit.