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Google's Motorola loses its first patent battle

Microsoft wins multi-text case
Fri May 25 2012, 16:21
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THE PARTNERSHIP of Google and Motorola Mobility has had its first patent loss, as a German court has ruled in favour of Microsoft in a lawsuit over linking text messages.

Although it was not able to get support for one of its patent claims, Motorola did get a win for the other. Motorola was optimistic about its prospects and said that it is likely to appeal.

"We are pleased that the Munich Court ruled Motorola Mobility did not infringe Microsoft's EP 0 669 021 patent, which relates to a specific way to localise programs," said a spokesperson.

"For Microsoft's EP 1 304 891 patent, which relates to processing of long SMS messages, we expect a written decision from the court on June 1st and upon review, will explore all options including appeal. This is one element of a global dispute initiated by Microsoft."

Some observers have suggested that Microsoft could push for a ban on the import of Motorola devices. We have asked Microsoft for comment.

The last month has seen the two firms going head to head on a number of patent issues. Microsoft was found to have infringed two patents relating to the H.264 video codec and its Xbox and other hardware, and Motorola was told that it could not import some its devices into the US.

In April Microsoft relocated a manufacturing plant from Germany, citing the cost of patent litigation for its decision. µ


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