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German Court Rules Microsoft Infringed On Motorola Patents

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A worker helps prepare the Microsoft stand the day before the CeBIT 2012 technology trade fair officially opens to the public on March 5, 2012 in Hanover, Germany. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A worker helps prepare the Microsoft stand the day before the CeBIT 2012 technology trade fair officially opens to the public on March 5, 2012 in Hanover, Germany. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that Microsoft infringed on two patents held by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.

The state court in the southern city of Mannheim on Wednesday upheld Illinois-based Motorola’s complaint on the patent breaches and declared Microsoft Corp. liable for damages. It didn’t set an amount for the damages.

The court also ordered Microsoft to remove all products that infringe the patents from the German market, including its Xbox 360 console and the Windows 7 operating system.

The verdict comes into force after seven days unless either party appeals. Microsoft spokesman Thomas Baumgaertner says the company plans to do so.

The German case is linked to a complaint Microsoft and Apple filed with the European Union alleging Motorola overcharged for the licensing of its patents.

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