Motorola recently dodged a bullet from Microsoft. The tech giant recently tried to sue the cell phone maker for patent infringement, but the latter convinced a European court that their products didn’t infringe on the radio, or applications on the device.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) claimed that their patent was infringed by “Method and radio interface layer comprising a set of application programming interfaces (APIs)”.
The regional court disagreed with Microsoft.
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Apparently Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t the only tech company that is going after makers of Google Android devices. They’ve been trying to urge their rivals to sign patent licensing agreements, which is a very different route from Apple, which strives to remove select devices off the shelves. Microsoft already has signed with many significant Android makers.
Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) has been holding out for quite awhile now and that’s probably why Microsoft has taken them to court. Despite the recent win for Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI), its pretty evident that they’re not out of the woods quite yet. The associate general counsel for Microsoft said, “This decision does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded, and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany.”
As for some of the fairly recent rulings that took a few Motorola products off the shelves at German stores, Howard explains, “It remains that Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property, and we hope it will join the vast majority of Android device makers by licensing Microsoft’s patents.”
The patent wars between Android and their competitors is heating up. There is a lot of tension in the air, as most big tech companies fight to climb, or remain at number one. If things continue to get more tense between both companies, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) may have no choice, other than to comply with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and settle on an agreement. Hopefully, that will happen sooner, rather than later, as it could save them more money in the long run.