German Court Dismisses Microsoft Patent Suit Against Motorola

Date : 07/26/2012 @ 10:32AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Microsoft Corp. (MM) (MSFT)
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German Court Dismisses Microsoft Patent Suit Against Motorola

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By Harriet Torry

FRANKFURT--A German court Thursday rejected a suit brought by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) against Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit over a patent concerning event management in an operating system, a court spokesman said.

The patent, EP1304891, governs the monitoring of such events as battery charge level, alarms, GPS co-ordinates and storage space, and the providing of that information to applications that use it for displays or other purposes.

Microsoft said in a statement it plans to appeal the ruling.

A spokeswoman for Motorola said the company is pleased with the court's decision.

A ruling on another suit brought by Microsoft against Motorola over alleged infringement of a patent on system input methods, EP1040406, has been postponed to Sept. 20, the court spokesman said.

Write to Harriet Torry at harriet.torry@dowjones.com

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