Microsoft won its third injunction against Google owned Motorola Mobility in a German Court today. Two rulings were won by Microsoft: one against Motorola Mobility Inc, and one against its German subsidiary bringing a big defeat for the company.
The ruling states that Android infringes on Microsoft’s invention protected by claim 23 of EP1040406 for a “soft input panel system and method” which covers a software architecture that applications use to receive input from multiple sources, such as keyboard or voice input, without having the app manually figure out the source of input. This functionality is used by several apps, but unlike Motorola, other Android device manufacturers pay a license fee to Microsoft for using it.
Microsoft had previously won a U.S. import ban against Motorola over a meeting scheduler patent. Also two other German injunctions include one from the same Munich court over a multi-part text message (SMS) layer patent and one from the Mannheim Regional Court over a file system patent.
The ruling is appealable, and Google will surely appeal and request a stay of the injunction. However, such stays are an exception and not the rule in Germany. Microsoft can certainly enforce and post a bond or make a deposit of 37.5 million euros for each of the two related rulings, and for another 10 million euros each, Microsoft can also enforce a recall.
Editor's Note: Groklaw has detailed how Microsoft is playing a dirty game here. We suggest reading this Groklaw article instead of FOSSPatent which is run by Florian Mueller who is a paid Microsoft consultant and is notorious for spining anti-Android stories.