Matthias Zigann has made it clear to Google that the company might be held liable for infringing a patent currently held by Microsoft that describes ‘a computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor’
As told by FOSS Patents’ Florian Muller,
‘Microsoft is seeking, and now very likely to obtain, a German patent injunction against the Google Maps service, the Google Maps Android client app, and web browsers providing access to Google Maps. In order to comply with the injunction that looms large, Google would have to disable access to Google Maps from computers using a German IP address, discontinue shipping the Google Maps Android app in the German market, and distribute web browsers in Germany.’
Although, a separate case, filed by Google’s subsidiary Motorola, against Microsoft is already running in regard to this patent, which might rule the patent invalid. But as of now, this case seems un-affected by that matter.