Microsoft Takes Revenge on Motorola
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has won a court ruling in a case that alleged Motorola Mobility (NASDAQ:GOOG) infringed on its patents by offering the option of sending a longer text through its mobile phone in a batch of several messages. A regional court in Munich, Germany, ruled that Motorola must now take a license from Microsoft, stop using the feature, or stop selling infringing products in Germany.
“We’re pleased the court agreed today that Motorola has infringed Microsoft’s intellectual property, and we hope Motorola will be willing to join other Android device makers by taking a license to our patents,” Microsoft said in a statement. Microsoft already has license agreements for Android with vendors such as Samsung and HTC.
Motorola said it was waiting on a written decision from the court and was likely to appeal. However, in a separate case the same court rejected a complaint from Microsoft against Motorola’s use of a software feature called programme localisation.
This latest case is part of a larger battle between the two companies. Earlier this month, Motorola won an injunction preventing the distribution of Microsoft products including Windows 7 and the Xbox in Germany. Microsoft has appealed that verdict.
Motorola Mobility, whose acquisition by Google was completed recently, is also engaged in patent disputes with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in Germany and in other countries.
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