A German regional court ruled Friday that Motorola Mobility, a part of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), did not infringe on a Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) patent that allows applications to work on different handsets. This will allow application developers to avoid writing separate codes for each handset, saving time and development costs.
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Motorola’s victory is the latest in a series of patent lawsuits by technology companies fighting over market share. Germany, in particular, has become a combat zone in the global patent war because legal action has proved to be cheaper and quicker than in other jurisdictions.
So far, Microsoft has won three patent cases against Motorola in Germany.
Google purchased struggling Motorola last year for $12.5 billion, in its largest acquisition to date, in order to use the company’s patents and expand beyond its software business.
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