Motorola Infringes on Microsoft’s FAT patent, German Android Devices Banned

The Mannheim Regional Court has ruled in Microsoft’s favor regarding the FAT patent. What is FAT? FAT stands for File Allocation Table, a legacy file system still widely used, mostly for backward compatibility. The German court has granted a request for a ban on all relevant devices, according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, David Howard had this to say.

“Today’s decision, which follows similar rulings in the U.S. and Germany, is further proof that Motorola Mobility is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property. We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola Mobility products in those countries and hope they will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoft’s patented inventions.”

Motorola will have to remove all infringing products from retail and Microsoft will be entitled to an undetermined amount in damages. However, in order to enforce the injunction, Microsoft will need to pay a €10 million bond. Microsoft says the injunction affects all Android devices that use FAT on internal storage, such as the Atrix, Razr and Razr Maxx. Microsoft further explains that the decision bolsters the injuntion it was awarded on May 24th.

“We already have an injunction against Motorola products in Germany as a result of a ruling on May 24, and today’s ruling serves to strengthen this injunction. In the long term, if Motorola wishes to sell products on the German market, it must either take a license or stop using the technology covered by our patents including the ones at issue in this week’s decisions.”

I have said this before and I will say it forever: Why can’t these companies just win with better products than the other? Probably a pipe dream, but one can hope! I mean, I understand protecting your property, but is there a point where it gets a little overboard? This poses another question: Why didn’t Motorola gain proper licensing? As the quote says “…it must either take a license…” So what’s the issue? Get permission and keep rockin’! Let us know what you think in the comments!

source: The Verge

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  • RTWright

    I can at least say that in this case, they are going for HOW something is done on the hardware through the software that they acquired some time back ( DOS ) in their early days. If I’m correct, every company out there using this technology pays Microsoft a royalty fee for it’s use of this or is at least in some sort of contract with them.

    But I agree, you’re right, why didn’t they just take the license. My other questions is what suddenly made Microsoft go after Motorola after all this time? They’ve been in the Android game for a while now, I’m thinking Microsoft is going to start doing the same thing Apple is ( Not that they weren’t already doing it, but getting as bad with it ). Mainly because Microsoft as far as Mobile goes, does’n’t even come up to the dirt on the bottom of the shoes of Apple or any of the Android devices in terms of sales. They’re WAY down on the bottom of things, with Blackberry.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510104108 Michael Clanton

      maybe you should look at profits and money before you talk about anything with microsoft and blackberry(RIM), microsoft is not a mobile phone company…google makes most of its money from ads/search. You assume alot, you dont know how long or when microsoft approached moto about a licensing agreement, that really doesnt mean much because they can assert there I.P whenever they chose, and its funny you dont mention google and others suing over standard essential patents. There is only one android phone that comes close to smelling apples boot and thats the galaxy…overall its the volume that android has, not the quality..hence why there is no big phone like the iphone, or any tablets that anyone cares about. They should pay the license..apple doesnt give licenses, so apple and microsoft both sue but have different goals

      • RTWright

        You know what I find funny? You are a hypocrite by design. For starters we’re not talking about other companies in this article are we? No! We are only dealing with the ones listed within the article. As far as smelling Apple’s anything? I prefer not to go into such smelly places, but since you offer it up. They’re the worst company around about pointing fingers, making false claims, riding on common use patents that should never have been given to that stupid company to begin with.

        For that matter they shouldn’t be given to anyone. Microsoft IS in fact in the Mobile industry and sorry to say, but seeings how Google DOES in fact OWN Motorola now? That puts them dead in the middle of the Mobile Industry as they now legally hold all of their patents and devices. What they end up doing with them long term? Only they know at this point.

        As far as my knowledge goes? Obviously you don’t read much here because I’m very active in responding to posts on here that I feel worth my time. So what you feel about my knowledge based on what you know about me? Is moot, pointless and meaningless. So don’t try to come on to me like I’m some idiot when I do at least read more than just one article and try to focus on the topics within said article without drawing in every company that everyone is already familiar with their ongoing activities in this legal mockery of a circus!