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Microsoft Products Banned In Germany

A German court in Manheim has ruled today that Microsoft did indeed infringe upon Motorola's patents, and has ordered the software giant to remove all stocks of the Windows 7 operating system and Xbox 360 consoles from German shelves.

Microsoft isn't too worried though, as it managed to get a preliminary injunction from a US district court in Seattle to prevent Motorola from enforcing any ruling from a German court.

"Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola's broken promise," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Microsoft is said to have infringed upon the Motorola patent by using Motorola technology in its wireless Internet connectivity and video compression for the Xbox 360. This is an echo of last week which saw a US judge with the International Trade Commission also rule that Microsoft was indeed infringing on Motorola patents.

In response to the outcome of this court case, Microsoft is in the process of moving its regional software distribution centre from Germany to the Netherlands.

Motorola, which is currently being purchased by Google, brought the suit against Microsoft in response to a patent infringement claim made by Microsoft in 2010. It looks like that may have backfired somewhat.

Source: Reuters

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