Microsoft wins ruling against Motorola over texting

FRANKFURT Thu May 24, 2012 1:51pm EDT

FRANKFURT May 24 (Reuters) - A German regional court ruled in a hearing on Thursday that Motorola Mobility infringed Microsoft patents by offering the option on its mobile phones to send a longer text in a batch of several messages.

"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 June 1 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.

In another case, the same regional court in the city of Munich on Thursday rejected a complaint by Microsoft against Motorola Mobility's use of a software feature called programme localisation.

Motorola Mobility, in turn, is currently suing Microsoft in the U.S. over features in the Xbox gaming console.

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Comments (5)
tdlane wrote:
Splitting one big message into several smaller messages. Someone actually granted them a patent for this??? I’ve been doing that for years with faxes; perhaps I should sue both of them.

May 24, 2012 3:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Xira666 wrote:
With all the suits out, it’s like patent armageddon.

May 24, 2012 3:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GKnightBC wrote:
Instead of creating true innovations, the giant corporations are now copyrighting trivial technology and simple ideas, and getting lawsuits based on them. Corporate greed is rampant and gaining momentum, and is poised to crush all free enterprise into pulp.

May 24, 2012 4:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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