Germany court issues injunction against Motorola

[JURIST] A German court on Friday granted Microsoft Corp. an injunction against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility [corporate websites] in a patent infringement case involving a technology [EP0618540] related to common names for long and short file allocation tables. With the injunction the court in Mannheim also held that Motorola should bear half of the legal costs [WSJ report]. The injunction will have the effect of recalling Motorola's products that are affected by the patent infringement suit including Razr, Razr Maxx and Atrix smartphones. The ruling came a day after a court in Munich dismissed [JURIST report] the patent infringement case brought by Microsoft against Motorola related to its patent EP1304891 [European Patent Register materials] which monitors different functions on a smartphone and provides such information to other applications utilizing them.

Microsoft and Motorola has been in litigation against each other around the globe. Earlier this month, both companies filed [JURIST report] a joint motion in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] asking the court to suspend three patent cases between the parties until a trial is held on a licensing disagreement. Microsoft had alleged that Motorola failed to license Google [corporate website], which owns the company since 2010, certain video and Wi-Fi technology on reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms. In May the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] concluded [JURIST report] its investigation into a complaint that a number of Motorola mobile phones infringed on several Microsoft patents.

 

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