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Microsoft Wins U.K. Court Ruling Over Motorola Pager Patent

Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software maker, won a U.K. ruling invalidating Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.’s patent protection for technology synchronizing message statuses across multiple devices.

The 2002 patent owned by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility unit shouldn’t have been issued because the technology was obvious to experts in the field at the time, Judge Richard Arnold said in a decision in London today. A week-long trial ended earlier this month.