Microsoft to sue over Google Maps
All may not be rosy for Google Maps however. Microsoft has announced that it would be expanding its patent infringement case against Motorola to include Google, specifically targeting the search giant's maps service for Android.
Microsoft is specifically targeting Google as the provider of mapping services that it says infringe upon its patent dating back to 1995, a patent that will remain in effect for another three years. Foss Patents notes that if Google loses the lawsuit, "Google Maps may become unavailable in Germany next spring as collateral damage of Google's unwillingness to address Android's massive, court-validated patent infringement issues."
Targeting Google Maps on a service level would not only affect Motorola's own insignificant sales in Germany, but would also have an impact on every other smartphone maker relying upon Google Maps, writes Apple Insider.
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