Microsoft has been granted an injunction against Motorola in Germany today, marking the third time this has happened. The injunction is due to Motorola infringing on a patent for “soft input panel system and method.” Since most apps use this, Motorola (and all other OEMs) are infringing. However, others are paying licensing fees to Microsoft, and Motorola is not. Thus, they get an injunction.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Howard said, “We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola products in Germany and hope Motorola will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoft’s patented inventions.” You know, I kinda sympathize for Microsoft in this case. To an extent anyway. But Google will probably appeal the ruling, so we’ll see where it goes. We’ll pass on info as we get it!