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Microsoft plans to target Google in German patent case against Motorola

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:39PM EST

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Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday revealed that it will amend an earlier complaint in Germany against Motorola to include Google (GOOG), FOSS Patents reported. The lawsuit, which marks the first time the two technology giants are set to face off, relates to the Google Maps app found on Motorola smartphones. Microsoft argues that the software infringes upon its owns technology relating to “identifying local resources.” Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents notes that “by suing Google itself, Microsoft creates a situation in which Google will have to admit or explicitly deny Microsoft’s infringement allegations concerning the inner workings of Google Maps,” rather than being subpoenaed as a third-party and requiring Microsoft to name particular witnesses. Depending on certain factors that could delay the hearing, a preliminary trial date is set for March 7th.


Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.