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September 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Microsoft scores patent win against Motorola in Germany

In the ongoing, globe-spanning patent battle between Microsoft and Google-owned Motorola, Microsoft said today that a court in Munich, Germany ruled in its favor, deciding that Motorola infringes on Microsoft’s patent for soft input panel system and method.

The soft input panel system and method helps mobile phone keyboards communicate with applications.

According to Microsoft, this is the third injunction a German court has granted to the company over Motorola products.

Today’s decision does not involve standards-essential patents — another patent issue the two companies are battling over.

Microsoft issued a statement, saying: “We’re pleased this decision builds on previous rulings in Germany that have already found Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property. We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola products in Germany and hope Motorola will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoft’s patented inventions.”

Motorola issued a statement, saying: “We are waiting for the written decision and are evaluating our options, including an appeal.”

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