Microsoft wins text patent battle against Motorola
A German court has ruled Motorola infringed Microsoft patents by offering the option on its mobile phones to send a longer text in a batch of several messages.
The case is one of many between tech firms and mobile manufacturers, with the same German court rejecting a complaint by Microsoft against Motorola’s use of a software feature called program localisation.
“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, referring to Google’s Android operating system for mobile phones.
Motorola, which was recently bought by Google, said: “We expect a written decision from the court on 1 June and upon review, will explore all options including appeal.”
The two companies are fighting each other in courts across the globe, as are several other makers of devices including Apple, over the intellectual property of software features offered in the latest smart phones and gadgets.
Motorola, in turn, is currently suing Microsoft in the US over features in the Xbox gaming console.