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May 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

German court rules Motorola infringes on Microsoft patent involving text messaging

A German court today ruled that Motorola infringes on a Microsoft patent involving long text messages on its Android devices.

The Munich Regional Court ruled that Motorola infringes on a Microsoft patent allowing people to send and receive SMS messages with many characters.

The court also ruled, in a separate case, that Motorola did not infringe on another Microsoft patent involving allowing people to switch between languages on their Android phone without having to install a different version of the same application for each language.

Microsoft and Motorola, which is now owned by Google after clearing its last regulatory hurdle this week, have been battling over patents in courts around the world. The cases the Munich court ruled on today are separate from battles the two companies are fighting over industry-standard patents.

Microsoft issued a statement on today’s ruling, saying the company is pleased that “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.”

Motorola issued a statement as well, saying “we expect a written decision from the court on June 1st and upon review, will explore all options including appeal.” It also said it was pleased that the German court ruled that Motorola did not infringe on the other patent.

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