Germany bars Microsoft sales on Motorola suit

May 02, 2012
Microsoft said the ruling covers sales of its computer operating system Windows 7 and the Xbox games console
A German court ruled that US Internet giant Microsoft can no longer sell its products locally because it infringes patents held by US communications firm Motorola Mobility.

A German court ruled Wednesday that US Internet giant Microsoft can no longer sell its products locally because it infringes patents held by US communications firm Motorola Mobility.

Microsoft said the ruling covers sales of its computer operating system Windows 7 and the Xbox games console but insisted it would have no practical impact.

German customers could still order its products from its distribution centre in the Netherlands, it said.

Microsoft decided to close its German distribution centre in early April, anticipating that the ruling would go against it.

A Microsoft spokesman said the company would also appeal the ruling, given by a tribunal in Mannheim.

High-tech patent disputes have become increasingly common as giants of the industry, especially Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and , slug it out in the courts to protect their products in a hugely competitive market.

Last month, the US (ITC) issued a preliminary ruling that Microsoft had infringed Motorola Mobility patents in its videogame console.

A final ITC ruling is expected later this year which could force the Redmond, Washington-based to work out a licensing deal with Motorola or risk having its top-selling videogame console banned from US stores.

Explore further: Yahoo builds mobile muscle with Flurry buy

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

2 hours ago

(AP)—Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units—Nokia ...

Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts

12 hours ago

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent

20 hours ago

Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) May 02, 2012
Wha???????

What is BalmerSoft gonna do now?

Ahhhhh yes.... Give up the market to Linux.
Jayman
5 / 5 (1) May 03, 2012
MS has been circling the drain for some time now much like RIM and Nokia. The final nail in the coffin will be Windows 8. It will thrash around for a while before its reserves run out. The day Apple comes out with a cheaper Mac, the PC will be dead.
Jayded
not rated yet May 03, 2012
Jayman - You are so stoned. I cannot stand Apple and its ludicrous operating system and fortunately most ppl feel the same way.