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May 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

German court delays decision on whether Microsoft’s ActiveSync infringes on Motorola patents

Germany’s Mannheim Regional Court today stayed a decision in a patent infringement case Motorola brought against Microsoft related to data sync technology used by Microsoft products that use Exchange ActiveSync, according to Microsoft.

This case is unrelated to another one Motorola brought against Microsoft in Mannheim that involves standards-essential patents used in Xbox and Windows. That unrelated standards-essential patents case had larger ramifications, with the German court having issued an injunction earlier this month again sales of those products in Germany. That injunction, however, is unenforceable for now because of other ongoing litigation between the two companies.

The case at issue today involves Motorola’s claim that some aspects of ActiveSync — Microsoft’s mobile data synchronization technology — infringe on Motorola patents involving push notifications.

The judge, in staying his decision today, said the court wasn’t yet prepared to decide on the issue and has reopened the case, according to intellectual property consultant Florian Mueller, who wrote about it in his FOSS Patents blog and also does some consulting work for Microsoft.

Microsoft issued a statement, saying: “We are pleased the Mannheim court is looking even more closely at this case and remain confident in our arguments.”

Motorola issued a statement as well, saying: “”This is one final step in the process and we remain confident in our position.”

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