Yesterday, Microsoft announced plans that it will now add Google to one of its patent action lawsuits. This one will be against Motorola Mobility.
With all the intellectual property patent suits abounding in courts these days, it’s long been wondered as to why the two of the most highly prominent names in all information technology have not been directly tied up in courts over patent issues, with regards to Android. It now seems as though Microsoft and Google will finally will go head-to-head for the first time ever in legal issues over Google Android — in a roundabout way.
Microsoft has already brought a number of other hardware vendors, like Motorola, to their knees and settled suits over their use of Android on mobile devices. Google purchased Motorola this year, a move which has now put Google on Microsoft’s hit list. Now that Google has strengthened its ability to distribute its Android software through its own handset manufacturer, it seems as though Microsoft is now poised for a legal attack.
Microsoft says that a mapping feature on Motorola phones infringes on software patents that it owns. A Microsoft spokesman was quoted as saying “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”
The patents lay out a way for mobile devices to get mapping data from one server database and then make a request to a second server database, and then it describes how to merge the two sets of data and present the results.
Currently, in other legal matters aside from the Android patent infringement accusation, Motorola and Microsoft are battling over separate matters in German and U.S. Courts; matters over scheduling software that Motorola’s using, and video and wireless technology that Microsoft has implemented.