Motorola victorious in latest patent dispute with Microsoft

A German court has sided with Motorola in its latest patent battle against Microsoft, finding that the now Google-owned company does not infringe on an app-related patent held by the Redmond-based firm.

As noted by Reuters, the patent in question covers apps that work on different handsets. As a result, a developer does not have to create dozens of apps for different smartphones.

"We are pleased with today's favourable outcome for Motorola Mobility," a Motorola spokeswoman said in a statement.

"This decision does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany," David Howard, corporate vice president and associate general counsel, at Microsoft, said in a statement.

"It remains that Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft's intellectual property, and we hope it will join the vast majority of Android device makers by licensing Microsoft's patents," he added.

Just last month, for example, a Munich court found that Motorola has infringed upon Microsoft patents, and granted the iconic US company an injunction against the offending products.

In July, a German judge similarly found that Motorola's Android-based devices infringe on a Microsoft-held File Allocation Table (FAT) patent.

Back in May, meanwhile, a Munich court ruled that Android-based Motorola devices infringe on a Microsoft messaging patent.

Further afield, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in May ordered an import ban on Android-based Motorola devices that infringe on a Microsoft-held patent. That went into effect in July, but Google-owned Motorola said it has come up with a workaround to address the patent violation that prompted the ban.