SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has snubbed an offer from Motorola to settle a patents lawsuit that could halt imports of Motorola's Android devices and Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console.
The patents causing the dispute relate to a Microsoft technology called Activesync, which Microsoft has alleged that Motorola uses to update calendars automatically on some Android phones, while Motorola is demanding royalties on video and wireless technologies used in Microsoft's gaming console and Windows operating system.
It's worth noting that Microsoft is demanding royalties from all phone makers using the Android mobile operating system, and has settled with most of them - except Motorola.
Microsoft has revealed that Motorola offered to pay Microsoft 33 cents for each Android phone using Activesync technology, and asked that in return Microsoft give it 2.25 per cent of earnings from each Xbox console sold and 50 cents per copy of Windows.
"While we welcome any good faith settlement effort, it's hard to apply that label to a demand that Microsoft pay royalties to Google far in excess of market rates, that refuses to license all the Microsoft patents infringed by Motorola, and that is promptly leaked to the press," said Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez in a statement.
Motorola and Google were not available for comment at the time of writing. µ
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