Microsoft takes Motorola back to court in Germany, seeking licensing fee on Google Maps

Microsoft takes Motorola back to court in Germany, seeking licensing fee on Google Maps
Days after Motorola Mobility practically stopped selling phones and tablets on its German website because of injunctions won against it by Microsoft and Apple, Microsoft took the Google owned subsidiary back to court in Germany. This time, Microsoft alleges that the Google Maps app that ships with each Motorola Android device infringes on Microsoft's own mapping patent. Specifically, Microsoft says that Google Maps violates its patent for taking map information from one set and overlaying it with data from another. In other words, it means that the mapping application uses data from two different sources to present you with information and is a common technique

Microsoft gets paid a royalty for Google Maps from some Android OEMs

Microsoft gets paid a royalty for Google Maps from some Android OEMs

Both parties will face each other in Munich Regional Court today and there are two hearings on the schedule. Microsoft says it wants to enter into a licensing agreement with Motorola Mobility like the one it has in place with HTC and Samsung for the Google Maps application on their Android phones. Microsoft took home $792 million in the second quarter in royalty payments from both HTC and Samsung. The latter pays Redmond based Microsoft $12-$13 on each Android model shipped while the former pays $10 for each Android phone.

Germany has not been a major sales area for Motorola Mobility and the manufacturer has lost three cases against Microsoft in the country for infringing on a FAT file system patent, a patent involving SMS technology and a third patent related to communications between a keyboard and an application. One of the suits included injunctions against sales of the Motorola ATRIX, Motorola RAZR and the Motorola RAZR MAXX in the country. In September, Apple won a preliminary injunction against the sale in the country of the Motorola Milestone XT720, Motorola DEFY, Motorola ATRIX and Motorola XOOM tablet.

source: ComputerWorld via Engadget

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2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Apple sit back on this one and watch an OG how is done

53. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah correctly said, Apple sit back in every other area, watch how others are innovating things around you.

3. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I dare Microsoft to try Sony and see what happens... Microsoft knows it's own phones fail, so it has to make money from others. I suppose, therefore, you could say it's doing well in the phone market. Bullies. Just like a certain other company. I can't wait for the day Google stops being so cosy with everyone and joins these wars head on.

4. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What is that certain company? I hope you don't mean Apple, or you would be wrong, they are not like Microsoft because their phones/products are actually selling, unlike Microsoft where all they get is licence/law suit money. I have no love for Apple but their products do sell

6. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Wow. You really HATE facts, dontchya? -Google kinda owns Motorola. In case ya missed it. -Microsoft gets royalties from other manufacturers due to actual advancements they made and own. It is truly not the same as taking someone to court over a shape. -Microsoft had approached Moto over and over about licensing fees, trying to work out a deal not involving court. Moto, owned by Google in case you missed it, said no. -Rest assured..... Sony is coming. Android as an OS uses technology at it's core that requires a license fee. It isn't highway robbery, nor is it immorally wrong, and it isn't even about stopping Motorola (Which is owned by Google, by the way) or any other Android developer from making money or outselling. It is about using their tech that is patented.

33. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

"Rest assured..... Sony is coming." What is sony using that microsoft has patented? Please let us know

39. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Ooh, Microsoft just got burned like toast by Insignificant Yo!!!!!

41. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So is this what MS has been suing the Android manufactures for? We havent heard a peep about what they were getting money for until now. If so...this is odd seeing as how Google Maps is Google's thing and not the OEMs

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Motorola get over it, all Microsoft wants is to enter in licensing agreement of Android patents.

11. iphone4me

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

MOTOROLA, don't be an idiot like SAMSUNG, pay the FEE, or forever be labeled a CHEATER like SAMSUCK, I mean, SAMMY, lol Sorry. ;-((

7. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I don't care THAT heavily about Motorola, Microsoft, or the German court system. But this cements in my mind that I will never have another Microsoft product in my home. They are just as evil, if not more than my now SECOND favorite tech company, Apple. (Yes, I love Apple products too. I just hate the way they do business and the infectious arrogance that seems to spread to SOME its iPhone customers). This just seems like another "patent-gone-wrong" story that never should have happened in the first place. People use two different sources to present information all the time, but when you put it in an app someone get to "own" it? Apple and microsoft are gonna destroy the tech world until they are the only two left, then we'll really see what's its like to get f*cked.

18. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

This patent sounds like one of the ridiculously broad, stupid patents apple holds. Microsoft does not deserve any royalties or licensing off Google maps. I also do not think I will be buying any more Microsoft products, as I see no more need for them and i am starting to dislike the company for its pettiness

27. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Well, when you buy an samsung phone, considered yourself just bought some $12 to $13 worth of Microsoft product.

37. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Instead of hating the folks who are awarded the patent, why not hate the folks that gave out the patent?

58. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

So we should only dislike the system and never those who use it to do bad things? There are plenty of reason why MS has been banned from my home, starting with the Motorola Q, the Samsung Saga, Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.5, and ending with a non-operational 6 month old Vista laptop that just died for no reason at all. Their products suck, plan and simple and that already horrible experience was made worse by reading crap like this. It may seem harsh but I'm sure I didn't hurt MS feelings at all.

36. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

fanboy talk

59. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Awwwww );

61. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

if you using windows xbox or office suit u get a licence yes but u want it without licence and use it for free by Crack and no company wants that their things go in market for free so same goes with the things involved with motorola and MS.

8. iphone4me

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

WoW! So Google is affiliated w/ Crooks & Cheaters. So Far Score for Cheaters = -2 Namely: 1. SAMSUNG 2. Motorolla = Bad Google I'm glad I don't own an Android, or Motorolla, or else I'll be labeled as Cheaters & Copycats. ;-((

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Good so if you really care for not being called cheater then you should read this entire thread on following link :) http://techrights.org/2011/10/23/steve-jobs-exposed/

14. iphone4me

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

RusticGuy, I'm not sure if that is just your facade but, you seem to have left out old wounds, SJ is correct, MICROSOFT is nothing if they didn't steal Apple UI from the beginning. They ended paying up Apple like 300 mil.

16. ktfrank

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 11, 2010

How old are you? I think you need to check history on the relationship between Apple and Microsoft. And the original user interface Apple stole from Xerox PARC. And Apple did attempt to sue Microsoft and lost, then Microsoft bailed Apple out.

49. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

A big mistake Miscrosoft made for bailing them....

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

No one is a saint for sure sepcially the one's who have setup labs with all flavours of linux installed just to steal more ... :)

46. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

are you taco50 because you sound like him

48. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I was thinking the same! Could it be him? I assume.....

47. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Excellent recovery for an ignorant. Way to go rusticguy!

54. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Great one. Thieves are always rich for example Apple :)

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Do you know SJ tried to kill LINUX by trying to employ LINUS which he refused? Both Apple and M$ are dead against any Free Software because it breaks their monopoly. Only if S/W patents could be annuled can the world be free from what has become their business policy (litigation) because both these crooks stole from *NIX.

50. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

No wonder he was taken away from sanity and life.

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