Microsoft has won a ruling over texting against Motorola, as a German regional court ruled late today that Motorola Mobility actually infringed Microsoft patents instead, through the offering of an option on its smartphones to be able to send a longer text in a batch of several messages. Microsoft has subsequently stepped forward with this statement, “We’re pleased the court agreed today that Motorola has infringed Microsoft’s intellectual property, and we hope Motorola will be willing to join other Android device makers by taking a license to our patents.”
Motorola, recently purchased by Google, mentioned, “We expect a written decision from the court on June 1 and upon review, will explore all options including appeal.” Both companies are currently battling it out legally worldwide, and this is something that looks set to be more and more common these days where intellectual property of software features are concerned.
Patents are the new ammunition that companies ought to stock up on if they are going to survive in this new generation of business warfare, so do expect law degrees to remain in fashion for quite some time to come.
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