Microsoft Wins Another Patent Battle Against Google
A federal appeals court determined on Thursday that the International Trade Commission needs to revise a ruling regarding a patent infringement of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit on Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) technology.
The court was acting on an appeal filed by Microsoft and found that the ITC ruling determining Google was not infringing a Microsoft graphical interface patent was not accurate, according to a report from Reuters. While the court believes that Motorola Mobility was infringing Microsoft’s patent, it also agreed with the ITC ruling that Motorola had changed its smartphones enough so that they are no longer infringing on the patent. Microsoft had also complained about three other patents, but the court found that the ITC was correct in ruling that Google wasn’t infringing on those patents.
Both companies said they were satisfied with the court’s decision. Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel David Howard said, “We’re pleased the court determined Google unfairly uses Microsoft technology. Google is free to license our inventions, but we’re equally pleased if Google makes product adjustments to avoid using them.”