German Court Finds Motorola Devices Infringe On Microsoft Patent
May 25, 2012

German Court Finds Motorola Devices Infringe On Microsoft Patent

A German court ruled on Thursday that Android-based Motorola mobile phones infringe on a Microsoft messaging patent by providing users an option to send longer texts in a batch of multiple messages.

The Microsoft patent at issue is EP1304891, which covers "communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface."

The Munich regional court awarded Microsoft with an injunction on the patent.

"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," said David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft, in a statement.

Motorola said it would consider its options, which could include pursuing a formal appeal of the ruling.

“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,” said Motorola, which is being acquired by Google, in a statement.

The court also rejected on Thursday two separate complaints by Microsoft against Motorola over patent EP0669021, which involves a software feature known as program localization.

Thursday's rulings are separate to suits between the companies at a court in Mannheim.  Indeed, the two companies are engaged in multiple legal battles across the world, as are several other device makers, over the intellectual property of software features offered in the latest smartphones, tablet devices and gaming consoles.  To date, both sides have racked up a number of wins and losses.

The German court ruling comes just one week after the International Trade Commission (ITC) ordered an import ban on Motorola´s Android-based devices that infringe on a Microsoft patent covering technology for "generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device."

Microsoft has recently claimed that 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. were covered under its patent portfolio.