Google-owned Motorola has achieved a rare victory against software giant Microsoft in a German patent case.
The regional court in Mannheim ruled that Motorola Mobility did not infringe a Microsoft patent that enables applications to work on different smartphones.
However, Microsoft has previously won a total of three patent cases against Motorola in Germany, with the latter's smartphones containing the technology being infringed no longer available on the German market. A sales injunction on such devices includes the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx.
"This decision does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany," said David Howard, associate general counsel at Microsoft.
Google had bought Motorola for $12.5 billion last year, with the predominate reason being to acquire the company's patents in order to prevent legal challenges against their popular Android mobile platform.