Microsoft drags Google along in their patent dispute against Motorola Mobility

Microsoft’s current dispute against Motorola Mobility in Germany has taken a turn as they have now dragged Google into the mix. In the past, companies have always taken Google’s Android vendors to court, but never Google themselves. Microsoft has taken that step as the patent in question defines a method for a mobile device to obtain a map from one database, call up resource information such as the location of a hotel from a second database, and overlay the two sets of data.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, they decided to bring Google into the mix because “It became necessary to add Google to this particular case because Motorola maintains that it lacks sufficient information about actions occurring on Google’s servers.

In response, Google’s Deputy General Counsel Allen Lo said in an emailed statement: “We want to focus on innovation, not litigation, but we’ll vigorously defend against any amended complaint Microsoft files.

What do you guys think of Microsoft not just taking Motorola to court, but Google themselves as well?

source: rueters

  • Amos

    Combining map data from one DB with location data from another database? Surely that patent can be rendered invalid. People have been doing that for decades. And “mobile devices” are just small computers that don’t plug into the wall. Sheesh.

  • F Microsoft!