A federal jury in Seattle ruled last night in Microsoft’s favor in a landmark patent case against Motorola Mobility, and by proxy its parent-company Google as well. The court found the U.S. smartphone-maker guilty of failing to correctly license its essential patents, and awarded Microsoft $14.5 billion in damages.
The fine is about half of what Microsoft had previously demanded. However, this is the second time in recent memory the company has claimed legal victory over Motorola. A recent string of legal losses have cast doubt on Google’s decision to purchase Motorola Mobility, a move which at the time was attributed to the company’s vault of mobile patents.
Following the verdict, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel David Howard called it “a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,” and another step towards forcing “Google to stop abusing patents.” Meanwhile, a Motorola spokesperson confirmed that the company will appeal the decision.