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A bad month for Android: April brought 7 major patent setbacks

May 3, 2013: 8:27 AM ET

April was the cruelest month yet for Google and Motorola on the patent front.

Adroid with tearFORTUNE -- It was Google (GOOG) against the world last month, as it fought and lost patent battles directly or by proxy with Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia (NOK), HTC and ZTE. "Google shoot blanks in smartphone patent wars," wrote Thomson Reuters' Reynolds Holding. Or as The Verge's Nilay Patel put it: "Does anyone know why Google bought Motorola?"

FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller has been keeping score, and by his count Google's Android and its standards-essential-patent (SEP)-heavy Motorola subsidiary suffered seven major defeats in April, two medium losses, two medium wins and one minor slow-down:

DISCLOSURE: Although I've always found his legal reporting to be fair and accurate, it should be noted that Mueller does paid consulting work for Microsoft and Oracle (ORCL), both of which have faced off against Google in patent court.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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