Microsoft has plans to add Google as a defendant in Germany in one of their patent actions against Motorola Mobility. This would be the first time that Microsoft and Google’s legal team are fighting directly over the Android mobile software.
Microsoft collects royalties for almost Android device sold. The company has licensed over 70% of all U.S. Android devices. Some of the companies that pay Microsoft licenses include HTC, LG, Samsung, TomTom, General Dynamics, Amazon, Compal, Buffalo, and Velocity Micro. Barnes & Noble so far has refused to sign a patent deal with Microsoft. Microsoft said that Google Android is infringing on their software patents.
Microsoft said in a court in Munich that they are planning to add Google as a defendant in a case where they are claiming that a mapping feature on Motorola phones infringes one of their patents. Google is the parent company of Motorola Mobility.
“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,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. The patent relates to a method for a mobile device to obtain a map from one database calls up resource information such as the location of a hotel from a second database and overlays the two sets of data.
Microsoft and Motorola are currently suing each other in courts in Mannheim, Germany and Seattle over Motorola’s use of scheduling software and Microsoft’s use of some video and wireless technology.