Google's appeal denied, Microsoft can continue selling Xbox and Windows 7 in Germany

Google loses appeal in Motorola v Microsoft case regarding a sales ban in Germany.

Published Wed, Nov 7 2012 8:29 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Many lawsuit rulings have come down today, and a case of Motorola vs Microsoft has also been partially settled today. Motorola, aka Google, had filed an appeal after judges ruled that Motorola could not enforce a German patent injunction against Microsoft. Judges from the Ninth Circuit in the Western District of Washington denied the appeal.

Google's appeal denied, Microsoft can continue selling Xbox and Windows 7 in Germany |

In Germany, Motorola had been granted an injunction against Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 due to them using an H.264 patent. Microsoft received a temporary restraining order against Motorola in the United States since Microsoft had already brought a breach of contract lawsuit against Motorola in the US.

The restraining order prevented Motorola from enforcing the German sales ban, so Microsoft was able to continue selling Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 in Germany. Motorola looked to get Microsoft to pay more than 100 times the normal rate for the H.264 standard, and Microsoft has, of course, refused to pay.

So, if I lost you in all of that background, let me restate the basic gist of the article: Google lost an appeal against Microsoft regarding enforcing a German sales ban.


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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