Microsoft lodges complaint with EU competition regulator against Motorola Mobility
Microsoft has today lodged a complaint with European Union's competition regulator against Google owned Motorola Mobility, claiming it trying to block Microsoft and other companies from using standardised patents it needs for its products to connect wirelessly to the internet. Dave Heiner, Microsoft's general counsel, said in a blog post: "We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other products. Their offense? These products enable people to view videos on the Web and to connect wirelessly to the Internet using industry standards. “Motorola and all the other firms that contributed to these standards also made a promise to one another: that if they had any patents essential to the standards, they would make their patents available on fair and reasonable terms, and would not use them to block competitors from shipping their products. “Motorola has broken its promise. Motorola is on a path to use standard essential patents to kill video on the Web, and Google as its new owner doesn’t seem to be willing to change course.” Last week, a similar complaint against Motorola Mobility was lodged by Apple.