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Microsoft adds Google to law suit against Motorola in Germany

Germany is not a very good source of income for Motorola Mobility to sell its smart phones. In fact, the company has taken down almost all of its Android smart phone offerings from the country’s website. But for some reason, Microsoft has filed a complaint against Motorola in the country saying that it has infringed patents held by the Redmond based tech giant in Google Maps. This patent is being infringed by all Android smart phone and tablet manufacturers, among which Samsung and HTC are already paying royalty to the company to use the feature. Microsoft wants to add Motorola Mobility to the list as well.

Motorola Mobility is infringing on covers the use of data points from two different sources and overlaying them on top of each other. The Redmond based software giant has made $792 million in the second quarter just from royalties paid by various Android based device manufacturers. When the patents bring in so much of revenue, the company wants to make as much as possible.

“It became necessary to add Google to this particular case because Motorola maintains that it lacks sufficient information about actions occurring on Google’s servers.”-Microsoft spokesman. But Motorola Mobility has replied that it does have enough data to support itself, and all the data pertaining to the case is with its parent company, which is none other than the search giant, Google. So Microsoft obviously wants to include Google into the law suit.

Google says that it would like to “focus on innovation, not litigation.” The Mountain View based tech titan says that it will “vigorously defend against any amended complaint Microsoft files.” Its been a bad experience for Motorola Mobility in doing business in Germany. With only one feature phone, the Motorola Gleam, left in the country, all other Android smart phones have been taken off the company’s website. But customers in Germany want to buy a Motorola RAZR or a Motorola RAZR HD, they can register on the company’s website.

Source: Phone Arena

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