Motorola has been ruled not guilty of infringing a Microsoft patent by a German court.

The mobile phone maker, which Google acquired earlier this year, had been accused of violating intellectual property named 'Method and radio interface layer comprising a set of application programming interfaces (APIs)'.

This covers technology which allows apps to be compatible with a number of handsets – reducing the need for programmers to write different codes for each device.

Other smartphone brands which utilise the tool, like Samsung, pay Microsoft royalties. The Windows Phone 8 creator wants Motorola to do the same.

This is the second time that the search-engine company has scored a victory over the software developer in a week, as Google replaced Microsoft as the second-most-valuable technology company in the world on October 2nd.

However Motorola, which recently unveiled new Razr handsets, has lost three previous cases to the company in the ongoing litigation battle. As a result, some of the company's offending devices have import bans.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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