ITC judge rules Motorola Mobility infringes Microsoft patent with Android

“A trade panel judge ruled that Motorola Mobility infringed Microsoft’s patented technology in making its Android cellphones, Microsoft said on Tuesday,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters.

“A U.S. International Trade Commission judge found that Motorola Mobility infringed one Microsoft patent which makes it possible for users to schedule meetings using mobile devices, the company said,” Bartz reports. “‘We are pleased with the ITC’s initial determination finding Motorola violated four claims of a Microsoft patent,’ said David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, in a statement.”

“Microsoft said the infringing devices included Android phones like the Motorola Droid 2, the Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip and others, including the associated software,” Bartz reports. “The decision will be reviewed by the full commission. That ruling will come in the spring. The commission will also consider Microsoft’s request that the phones be barred from importation into the United States.”

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    1. Guaranteed iOS uses the same method covered by the patent in question. Apple just has a broad cross-licensing agreement in place with Microsoft that precludes them from going to court against one another.

    1. I can’t root for Microsoft. Ever. The enemy of my enemy is sometimes just another enemy.

      As for the patent, it sounds a little farfetched. I don’t feel like chasing down the details, though. It would likely be a waste of time.

  1. If Google omelets the Motorola takeover, their IP portfolio comes attached to a stack of lawsuits. They would probably still want it since they have no mobile patents. Their IP portfolio consists of very little significant patents aside from the search algorithms, and sooner or later judges may tire of giving Android a pass in the interest of competition.

  2. Google made an error in copying companies that the could not crush, Oracle, Apple & Microsoft. All have deep pockets and have a history of being litigious.

    When Microsoft was dumb enough to copy code it was usually from small firms they could crush or buy. There are a few exceptions, like Quicktime.

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