A court in Germany has ruled that Motorola infringed on a Microsoft patent, prompting the Redmond company to call again on the Google-owned company to join other makers of Android devices in licensing Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

The ruling is the latest development in a global patent battle between the companies. Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility this year upped the stakes. Today’s ruling deals with a type of system that helps mobile phone keyboards communicate with apps. Previous decisions in Microsoft’s favor have involved ActiveSync email technology and SMS messaging.

“We’re pleased this decision builds on previous rulings in Germany that have already found Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property,” said David Howard, a Microsoft deputy general counsel, in a statement issued by the company. “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 can appeal the latest ruling. We’ve asked the company for comment on the decision.

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  • guest

    Good win for MS. I believe they’re using the same legal firm that Apple has been so successful with.

    • CloudWarrior

      No idea what you are talking about. Microsoft has their own legal department. Their legal tactics are very different from Apple, which does not license out its patents and tries to enforce injunctions. Motorola had many chances to license Microsoft’s intellectual property but they didn’t.

      • guest

        Not sure why, since i said it pretty clearly. MS is represented in this matter by outside counsel, and that counsel is the same firm Apple has been using.

        • CloudWarrior

          Ah I see what you are saying… strange that they would be using the same outside council as Apple and Microsoft are also competitors. I didn’t know that either company used outside council. Anyways, I am not a lawyer :)

  • guest

    Won’t stop Google from becoming more valuable than MS very shortly.

    • guest

      Yeah, only $13 billion away as of today. And MS’s stock looks like it headed lower while Google’s is on a tear higher. A week or two away, max.

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