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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.

October 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Microsoft loses a patent case to Motorola in Germany

In the ongoing patent battles between Microsoft and Google-owned Motorola, this time it was Microsoft that lost a round in Germany.

A regional court in Mannheim, Germany ruled that Motorola does not infringe on a Microsoft patented technology that allows a single application to work on different handsets.

Microsoft had won some previous battles in Germany, resulting in three injunctions there against Motorola products.

Today’s court decision “does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany,” David Howard, Microsoft’s associate general counsel, said in a statement.

In the statement, Howard also urged Motorola to “join the vast majority of Android device makers by licensing Microsoft’s patents.”

We have asked Motorola for a statement and will post it if we get it.

Microsoft has also lost some rounds in its battles with Motorola in Germany, including in July when a judge in Munich threw out a lawsuit Microsoft had filed against Motorola over an event management architecture patent.

More notably, a case involving industry-standard patents had resulted in Motorola winning an injunction against the sales of Xbox and Windows products in Germany. (However, a U.S. federal judge in Seattle has barred Motorola from enforcing that injunction pending a trial over industry-standard patents scheduled for mid-November.)

Today’s decision does not involve any industry-standard patents, another area of broad contention between the two companies.

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