Motorola Mobility is entitled to a fraction of the $4 billion the vendor had sought in a dispute with Microsoft over the worth of the standards-essential patents related to H.264 video and 802.11 wireless networking, according to a ruling Thursday from a federal court in Seattle. The ruling entitles Motorola to only $1.8 million a year. A federal judge said asking Microsoft to pay the standard licensing royalty fee to each of the 92 entities with patents involved with 802.11 networking would be exorbitant. Microsoft said in a statement that the ruling will ensure that products regulated under industry standards would remain affordable to consumers.

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