On the front of patent warfare between Android and Microsoft, Motorola Mobility is Google’s pawn in the fight, even though Google had not technically bought Motorola Mobility.
Both companies will win and lose battles in this fight. Recent Microsoft purchase of AOL patents suggest that Microsoft is feeling a bit more vulnerable as it finally (and unexpectedly) has to take on Google.
The current battle is at Germany. That already caused Microsoft to take the defensive move of relocating some of its European operation to Netherlands to reduce disruption to its services. That battle produce a biggest headline to date: XBox and Windows 7 banned in Germany.
It’s the sound bites that will have the biggest bang. I am not expect to see poor German customers not being able to get their hands on XBox and Windows 7 as a result of this ruling. On the overall big picture, Germany, while is a big market for Microsoft, is not a market that will tank the mammoth if a ban was enforced.
Now on to the next battle …