Google’s Motorola Mobility unit has been found guilty of infringing a Microsoft patent by a German court.
The patent covers technology which allows mobile phone and tablet computer applications to handle different types of user input.
Other gadget manufacturers that utilise the Google Android operating system, such as Samsung and HTC, already pay Microsoft royalties in return for employing the protected technology.
However, Motorola Mobility, which was acquired by Google for over $12 billion (£7.4 billion) earlier this year, has refrained from taking a licence.
The Razr i manufacturer has been found guilty in two other recent German court cases. Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard said: “We will continue to enforce injunctions against Motorola products in Germany.”
Microsoft will now be able to restrict or ban sales of certain Motorola products if it chooses to pay a $61.4 million bond. This money would be lost if a Motorola appeal was successful.
Posted by Samantha Green