Motorola has won a court decision in its ongoing patent battle with Microsoft.
A court in Germany ruled that the Google-owned handset maker had not infringed on patents held by the software giant related to software operations on mobile handsets.
The ruling clears Motorola of infringement in one of several high-profile intellectual property battles the company is tied up in. Motorola is also involved in ongoing battles with Apple over similar allegations.
Florian Mueller, a patent law expert who has been following the case, said that Motorola's victory had been seen as the likely outcome of the case for several weeks.
"It was not a foregone conclusion, but it appeared difficult for Microsoft's lawyers to overcome the court's apparent scepticism," Mueller explained in a blog post.
For Microsoft, the case marks a setback in its ongoing efforts to pull licensing fees and legal decisions from its patent portfolio. When compared to other vendors. The Redmond giant has been involved in relatively few high-profile court cases, preferring instead to settle with other vendors on large-scale patent-sharing and licensing agreements.
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