US: Microsoft is suing Motorola Mobility in Germany over a mapping patent that the US software giant alleges covers the Google Maps app that ships on Motorola phones. The two parties met each other in the regional court of Munich, where Microsoft announced it would also sue Google over the same patent.
According to Microsoft, some products sold by Google-owned Motorola Mobility infringe on a patent that describes a method of obtaining the map from one database, resource information such as Starbucks locations from a second database and overlaying the two sets of data. A technique like this is used in Google Maps, which is installed on Motorola”s Android devices.
Microsoft sued Motorola Mobility and its German subsidiary. The lawsuit in the regional court of Munich started with two hearings. During the hearings, Microsoft announced it would add Google as a defendant to the case, a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email statement.
“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,” according to the statement.
This means that a possible verdict in favour of Microsoft could affect the entire Google Maps platform in Germany, according to patent-issues blogger and analyst Florian Mueller, who attended the hearing in Munich and reported about it on his blog. If Microsoft wins the lawsuit, the court would simply order to Google not infringe the claim, he said in an email. Mueller has been tapped as a consultant for tech companies including Oracle and Microsoft.
Source: Computer World