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Microsoft wins text-messaging lawsuit against Motorola Mobility

The Android smartphone-maker’s longer text feature infringed Microsoft’s IP

Everybody wants a piece of Google’s Android. The tech giant’s smartphone operating system has been taking litigious heat from all sides, with intellectual property lawsuits against the actual Android platform and other suits filed against the device makers.

Microsoft got its piece of the pie on Thursday, when a German court ruled that Android device-maker Motorola Mobility (which Google recently acquired) infringed on Microsoft’s IP by allowing users to send longer text messages, Thomson Reuters reports.

The same court, however, threw out another complaint against Motorola Mobility, in which Microsoft alleged a software feature called “programme localization” infringed its IP.

“We hope Motorola will be willing to join other Android device makers by taking a license to our patents," Microsoft said in a statement.


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