AllthingsD reports that Microsoft has won a major victory against Google in Germany.
The German court determined that Googleâ€™s Motorola infringed on a very broad Microsoft patent which addressed the fundamentals of Android.
The patent at issue covers â€œa method and system for receiving user input data into a computer system having a graphical windowing environmentâ€ and is expected to be pretty difficult to work around.
Microsoft has been granted the right to ban the sale of Motorolaâ€™s tablets and smartphones as long as Microsoft pays a bond of $61.4 million, which is of course a pittance for the company.
From Microsoftâ€™s statement Microsoft fully intends to do this, with Deputy General Counsel Dave Howard saying in a statement:
â€œWeâ€™re pleased this decision builds on previous rulings in Germany that have already found Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoftâ€™s intellectual property. We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola products in Germany and hope Motorola will join other Android device makers by taking a license to Microsoftâ€™s patented inventions.â€
Microsoft has won 2 earlier victories against the company, and together with the Samsung/Apple ruling there is an air of the patent war turning decisively against Google.
Of course unlike with Apple all Google will have to do to make the problem go away is pay an Android license fee to Microsoft, which would of course be the ultimate irony.
Google is yet to comment on the ruling.