Microsoft patents hold up in German court

Motorola's Android handsets violate patent

Nein, Nein, Nein!

A regional court in Munich, Germany, ruled that Motorola’s Android handsets infringe on Microsoft patents relating to transmission of long text messages by displaying multiple SMS ones, and has ordered that sales of the devices be halted in that country after Microsoft posts a $31-million bond.

Motorola, now owned by Android maker and online advertising giant Google, is the only major Android vendor that has not signed a patent-licensing agreement with the software giant, and the only one involved in thus-far-unsuccessful legal battle aimed at preventing that licensing. Microsoft claimed that Android infringes on many of its mobile-related patents, and more than 70% of all Android devices sold in the United States are now covered by Microsoft patent-licensing agreements. Motorola said that it was exploring all options with regards to its loss, including an appeal.

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