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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

July 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

This week in patent wars…

Some hits and misses this week for Microsoft in its continuing patent battle with Google subsidiary Motorola.

The company won a ruling today in a regional court in Mannheim, Germany. The judge in the case ruled that Motorola’s Android devices infringe on a Microsoft patent related to “common name space for long and short filenames,” according to Florian Mueller, an intellectual property consultant who blogs at FOSS Patents. (Mueller consults for several tech companies, including Microsoft.)

Microsoft issued a statement, saying:

Today’s decision, which follows similar rulings in the U.S. and Germany, is further proof that Motorola Mobility is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property. We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola Mobility products in those countries and hope they will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoft’s patented inventions.

Motorola issued a statement as well, saying:

We are in the process of reviewing the ruling, and will explore all of our options including appeal. We don’t anticipate an impact on our operations at this time.

Earlier this week, Microsoft lost a round as a judge in Munich, Germany, threw out a lawsuit Microsoft had filed against Motorola over an event management architecture patent, according to FOSS Patents.

Microsoft’s statement on that decision said:

Today’s decision is among many cases still pending and does not impact two injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded against Motorola Mobility products in the U.S. and Germany. We remain confident in our claims and plan to appeal today’s particular ruling.

Motorola’s statement on the decision said:

We are pleased with the court’s decision today in favor of Motorola Mobility in Germany.

Separately, earlier this week, the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had been expected to issue a final decision next month over an Xbox import ban sought by Motorola, has set a new decision date for that case: July 2013.

In April, an ITC judge had made a preliminary determination that Microsoft’s Xbox violated four Motorola patents. The six-member panel that was set to make the ITC’s final decision on the matter instead remanded the case back to the judge last month.

Now, the ITC has set a target of March 2013 for the judge’s initial determination on the matter, and July 2013 for the final ITC ruling.

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