The latest verdict of International Trade Commission, US (ITC) on the Microsoft-Motorola patent dispute could pose as a massive setback for both Motorola and Google.
According to the lawsuit filed by the Redmond based Windows maker, Motorola was infringing on some of Microsoft's key patents in its Android smartphones. And that accusation brought by the company now enjoys the backing of an official ITC judgement.
The primary reason behind Google's bid to acquire Motorola was to acquire the potentially game-changing patent portfolio that Motorola owns. So in a way, this verdict could also come as a major hurdle for Google's ultimate goal of expanding its existing Android patent portfolio.
Motorola may now have to pay a licensing fee of certain amount to Microsoft for every Android device it sells.
"ITC finds Motorola patent infringement in Microsoft case. Another indication that licensing is the best path for the industry," Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel announced his company's victory via a Twitter post, according to a report by the Guardian.
Motorola on the other hand is somewhat pleased with the outcome. "We are very pleased that the majority of the rulings were favourable to Motorola Mobility," said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility .
ITC findings can be located here [PDF].