A German court in Mannheim ruled earlier this morning that Microsoft has actually infringed upon Motorola Mobility’s patents, and hence have requested Microsoft to stp selling their hugely popular Xbox 360 gaming consoles as well as Windows 7 operating system from the German market. Considering how Germany has one of the strongest economies in the whole of Europe, this sales ban will definitely cast a heavy pall upon Microsoft executives. The Redmond company claims that this particular ruling means otherwise – its products will remain on retailers’ shelves as a US district court in Seattle did grant Microsoft a preliminary injunction against Motorola so that the phone manufacturer cannot enforce any German court order.
This is derived from Microsoft’s response, “Motorola is prohibited from acting on today’s decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola’s broken promise.”
Not only that, even if Wednesday’s ruling is enforced in Germany, it would not have that much of an impact for Microsoft since their wider European distribution operations centre has already moved to the Netherlands from Germany.