Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) has won a patents court case in Germany against Google's Motorola Mobility, which has been banned from selling some of its tablets and smartphones in the country.
A court i Germany rules that the Goggle unit had violated a Microsoft patent involving "a method and system for receiving user input data into a computer system having a graphical windowing environment.”
Microsoft alleged that this patent functionality had been built into Android. While other users of Android such as HTC and Samsung had agreed to license it, the search giant has been holding out so far.
Microsoft’s demand was that either Google should pay it royalty for using it or modify Android altogether.
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The world's largest software company expressed its satisfaction at the ruling.
“We’re pleased this decision builds on previous rulings in Germany that have already found Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property,” Deputy General Counsel Dave Howard said in a statement. “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.”
Google has said that it is evaluating all options including an appeal against the ruling.
Almost all tech giants are involved in patents battles with each other as they struggle for dominance in the world of communicating technologies.