“Microsoft on Wednesday won another key courtroom victory in the second phase of a closely watched battle with Motorola Mobility over patent licensing fees,” Steven Musil reports for CNET.

“A federal jury in Seattle ordered the Google-owned handset maker to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract for failing to license at reasonable terms standard essential patents covering wireless and video technology used in the Xbox game console,” Musil reports. “However, the award is half the $29 million in damages Microsoft had sought.”

Musil reports, “‘This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,’ Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard said in a statement. ‘The jury’s verdict is the latest in a growing list of decisions by regulators and courts telling Google to stop abusing patents.’ Motorola promised to appeal the decision.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Kevin” for the heads up.]