It is possible that Google Maps may be banned in Germany as a result of a patent infringement lawsuit that is underway at a regional court in Munich, Germany.
Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann of the Munich I Regional Court today informed Google that he is inclined to hold Google Inc. and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC liable for infringing a Microsoft patent on a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor”.
Microsoft is seeking to obtain a German patent injunction against Google’s Maps service and Android app. Should Microsoft prevail, Google would be required to disable access to Google Maps from computers using a German IP address and discontinue the Android app on the German market.
The case is a Microsoft countersuit against Google’s Motorola subsidiary which has filed four lawsuits against Microsoft in Germany previously.
A final decision is expected in May.