“Some Motorola Mobility smartphones infringe on a Microsoft patent and will be barred from importation to the United States, a U.S. trade panel said on Friday,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters. “The order by the U.S. International Trade Commission has been sent to President Barack Obama, who has 60 days to consider whether to overturn it for policy reasons.”
“On Wednesday, some of HTC’s smartphone models were stopped at the U.S. border because it lost a patent dispute with Apple at the ITC in December,” Bartz reports. “Shares in HTC tumbled more than 6 percent on news that shipments of the phones were being held up by U.S. customs.”
“The ITC order did not say which models of Motorola Mobility smartphone were affected but Microsoft has asked for the following devices to be stopped at the U.S. border: the Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice and the Xoom tablet,” Bartz reports. “Microsoft said it was pleased with the decision. ‘We hope that now Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the US by taking a license to our patents,’ a company spokeswoman said via email.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]