Microsoft finally sues Google directly for patent infringement

imageFor the first time ever Microsoft has dropped the proxy battle and has attacked Google directly.

Today in the Munich Regional Court  Microsoft announced that it would amend its complaint against Motorola, Google’s owner, to add Google Inc., the operator of the server infrastructure that powers the Google Maps Android app, as an additional defendant.

The current case target’s Google Maps, and mainly deals with delivering maps from an online repository, in this case Google’s Maps server, and then Geotagging.

Previous German patent rulings in Apple’s and Microsoft’s favour have already required Motorola to pull all of its Android-based devices from the German market.  The company has a bad track record in Germany, and Fosspatents note that if Motorola had not been purchased by Google they would have purchased a license a long time ago, like Samsung, HTC and a range of other Android OEMs.

If Google loses this case it could affect many more companies than just Motorola.  Microsoft has told the court they are willing to settle if Motorola takes out a license. It seems the ball is now in Google’s court.

Read much more at Fosspatents here.