“Today the Munich I Regional Court, which has already identified five patent infringements by Android-based devices, held a first hearing on a Microsoft complaint against wholly-owned Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility over EP0845124 on a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor”, which is the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,240,360,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.
“Previous German patent rulings in Apple’s and Microsoft’s favor have already required Google (Motorola) to pull all of its Android-based devices, without any exception, from the German market,” Mueller reports. “But Microsoft keeps up the pressure and continues to prove Android’s wide-ranging infringement of its intellectual property until the Google subsidiary will join Samsung, HTC, LG and others in taking a royalty-bearing license to the numerous Microsoft patents it is currently violating. The German situation validates the decisions of industry leaders like Samsung, HTC and LG to sign up to Microsoft’s Android (and Chrome) patent licensing program.”
Mueller reports, “This latest German lawsuit, which was filed in April 2012 targets Android’s Google Maps app. At today’s three-hour hearing, Motorola Mobility doggedly denied Microsoft’s infringement contentions without specifying how Google’s server infrastructure operates. Toward the end of the court session, Microsoft’s lead counsel, Dr. Tilman Mueller-Stoy of the Bardehle Pagenberg firm, the leading German IP firm that has won more injunctions (five) against Android than any other law firm in the world, made a very significant announcement in open court: Microsoft will amend this complaint in order to add Google Inc., Motorola Mobility’s parent company and operator of the server infrastructure that powers the Google Maps Android app, as an additional defendant.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Uh, go, Microsoft, go?!
(Yuck! That always makes us feel like we just drank spoiled milk.)