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Motorola found to infringe Microsoft text message patent

Motorola Mobility has been found guilty of infringing several of Microsoft's patents relating to mobile phone text messages, exacerbating a growing dispute between the two companies.

Motorola Mobility has been found guilty of infringing several of Microsoft's patents relating to mobile phone text messages, exacerbating a growing dispute between the two companies.

 
A German court handed down the ruling on Thursday after Microsoft alleged that Motorola infringed its patents for sending long text messages in a batch of several messages, according to Reuters.
 
It is not yet clear what the effect of this ruling will be, but Microsoft invited Motorola to “join other Android device makers by taking a license to our patents.”
 
 
However, with Motorola securing a possible sales ban on the Xbox 360 game console in the US, Microsoft may want Motorola to drop its case or face fines and a sales ban on any mobile phones that use the infringing technology. Motorola can, however, alter its phone range to remove the offending feature.
 
Motorola said it is waiting for a written decision from the court and will then review its options, including the possibility of appealing the ruling.
 
The same court rejected another complaint by Microsoft against Motorola over program localisation, so Motorola has not come off as bad as it could have. Its new owner Google, however, might be questioning why Motorola is coming under fire when it was hoping its thousands of patents would protect it and the entire Android industry from legal action, like that taken over the past year by Apple against Samsung. Now it seems that the war is spreading and there is a new tit-for-tat legal battle between Microsoft and Motorola that looks like it is about to get nastier.
 
Source: Reuters

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