Motorola Android handset ban goes into effect; Motorola likely to drop illegal feature from 18 devices

“An import ban on Android devices commanded by the US International Trade Commission [was] scheduled to take place at midnight [July 18th], barring a last-minute presidential veto,” Electronista reports.

MacDailyNews Note: No such veto seems to have taken place.

“The ban was ordered two months ago, after a ruling that 18 Motorola Mobility products infringe a Microsoft ActiveSync patent covering meeting request publishing and group scheduling from a mobile device,” Electronista reports. “Motorola claims to have a plan to keep the infringing products available in the US, and will have to pay a $0.33 ‘import tax’ on devices brought into the country during the 60-day presidential review period.”

Electronista reports, “Motorola previously licensed the technology before deciding that it simply didn’t need to do so any longer in 2007. To escape the import ban, Motorola could revisit the licensing agreement for ActiveSync, as the majority of other Android device manufacturers do, or issue a software patch to remove the offending technology, either with a workaround or a complete purge of the feature.

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According to AllThingsD, it’s likely that the the feature will be removed entirely, “leaving 18 Motorola devices without the ability to schedule a meeting from their calendars,” John Paczkowski reports. “Unless Motorola is willing to roll over and pay Microsoft the licensing fees it’s seeking, that’s where it’s at.”

Paczkowski reports, “Microsoft, for its part, would like Motorola to know that its representatives are standing by to take its order, should it opt to go that route. ‘Microsoft brought this case only after Motorola stopped licensing our intellectual property but continued to use our inventions in its products,’ Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Dave Howard said in a statement given to AllThingsD. ‘It’s unfortunate we’ve been forced to pursue legal action, but the solution for Motorola remains licensing our intellectual property at market rates as most other Android manufacturers have already done.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s the thing: Don’t steal IP and you won’t be forced by the legal system to remove it.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. I laugh at Microsoft getting paid a “licensing fee” from Android device makers, for technology that is part of Google’s Android… Meanwhile, Google gets paid NO licensing from any Android device maker, for providing the overall Android OS.

    I think THAT is really funny… 🙂

    1. Considering this is Motorola, a subsidiary of Google, it’s even better. Google are paying Microsoft licensing fees to install their own OS on their own devices 😀

      1. Yes, that’s probably why they have NOT done it (yet). 🙂 That would be a hard thing to stomach. They’d rather remove the features in question from those 18 devices…

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