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Some Motorola Mobility devices will be stopped at the U.S. border

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Some Motorola Mobility devices will be stopped at the U.S. border
Customs officials are going to be awfully familiar with smartphones. In addition to HTC EVO 4G LTE being held up at customs, several Motorola Mobility devices will be refused entry into the United States.

Back in October 2010, Microsoft began a legal battle against Motorola Mobility claiming that it infringed on several of Microsoft’s patents for such things as managing device memory, managing calendars, and sending and receiving email. Microsoft has won part of that battle and the International Trade Commission has sent an order to President Obama, which he was 60 days to overturn, that bans the import of Android powered Motorola device that infringe on Microsoft’s patent that protects its “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device” feature.

Obviously, the question on everybody’s mind is, “What devices does this apply to?” Interestingly, the ITC did not spell out which devices fall under this ban, but Microsoft has requested that 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 be stopped at the border.

Microsoft said, “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.”

“Although we are disappointed by the commission's ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning,” Motorola Mobility said in response to the outcome. “We will explore all options including appeal.”

source: Reuters

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posted on 18 May 2012, 18:31

1. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Damn, sorry ATRIX.... can't bring you. Lol

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:34 7

2. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


this is ridiculous.

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:39 3

3. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


yes yes yes im so happy ,sorry all of you droidfags out there , that is what happens when you are a copy cat , and used others companies hard work for free , Microsoft should block all of them lol this is great news, now they have to pay money and Google is next lol lol lol Google , you will regret no supporting wp7 , because with Microsoft you don't MESS and hope the block crome from windows 8 as well lol ONCE AGAIN SORRY TO ALL YOU COPY CAT PRODUCT USERS LOL

posted on 19 May 2012, 03:07 6

33. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Motorola invented the cell phone. If you have a phone that is not motorola....then you are a copycat loser.

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:52 3

4. sbuxreg (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 May 2012)


wp74ver. the ver @ the end of your user name is for whateVER.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:02 2

5. angelesmec (unregistered)


Sad.. BTW i love Windows PC, I hate Windows Phone

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:04 1

6. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


MS, are you serious?, WII & PS is going to take your gaming Market!!

http://techland.time.com/2012/05/02/xbox-360-windows-7-banned-in-germany-motorola-wins-patent-injunction/

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:05 4

7. medicci37 (Posts: 649; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


The US needs to make some changes to patent law. Buying patents to use against other companies, should not be a exceptable business plan. It's bad for consumers, competition, & innovation. As well as creating artificially, high prices for technology. Then MS would have to focus on making better, more competitive products, 2 make/earn money

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:06

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I hope Apple is not going to ban Samsung Galaxy S3 in America.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:10

9. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Here we go...lol

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-07/microsoft-counters-motorola-mobility-s-4-billion-demand.html

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:12 7

10. Danalvi1981 (Posts: 47; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)


This is getting a little out of hand. You mean to tell me I won't be getting my HTC EVO 4G LTE and now the same-thing is going to happen to Motorola phones. Well f**k now were stuck with Craapple and Micro bull crap 8 phones. I'm going back to Flip phones.

posted on 19 May 2012, 02:57 2

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3665; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The less crap we have on the smartphone market, the better. Believe it or not, they're doing smartphone owners a favor here.

posted on 19 May 2012, 03:24 3

36. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, because a lack of competition always spells GREAT things for consumers... I'm SURE without Motorola and HTC smartphone prices will stay relatively low, and phone technology will increase at the current break-neck pace...

You're a moron.

posted on 19 May 2012, 05:47 1

38. medicci37 (Posts: 649; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


If the ITC wants to take the crap off the market. Their first move should be to ban the iphraud.

posted on 19 May 2012, 23:56

47. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Sorry, but I don't feel that having my choices limited to wp and ios is by any means a favor.

I'm the type of person who actually enjoys not having a phone that looks like everyone else's.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:16 5

11. pongkie (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


consumer looses again

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:26

12. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


So stupid... now i know i cant take my defy to the US... right when I get interested in going... and with this bullsh*t... yeah never!

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:10 3

20. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not personal devices, commercially shipped for sale. your fine. :)

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:24 5

24. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Haha, we're not THAT much of a dictatorship yet...

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:33

27. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


oh... i see... i got it wrong then... thanks!

posted on 19 May 2012, 03:19

34. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


You may not want to come to the US. You would easily be the target of some type of scam artist.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:31 4

13. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


lol i love to see droidfags when the get mad , hope they could stop all capy droid cats of all brands ,and you know the funny thing you all talk crap about wp7 missing features , but at the end what you don't know, is that Microsoft created all of them , thats why they make so much money out of android and now 4 billons more from motorola lol lol im loving this.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:37 2

14. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Congratulations?

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:20 3

22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


it looks like you need to get a life

posted on 19 May 2012, 08:58 1

39. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


@wp74ver please learn how to spell before you come on here talking all that mess. It makes things easier to read, even if its bulls**t.

posted on 20 May 2012, 00:01

48. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Well if you really wanna get technical, MOTO invented the cell phone.
So, technically, every one else coppied them.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:40 2

15. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


droidfags? lol oh wp7... always late and a dollar short. droid phones make up over 50% of the smart phone market in most countries, and apple is second. wp7 is a stupid worthless piece of paper weight. and what would microsoft do with 4 billion dollars? make another piece of crap operating system for a phone. ooh or maybe they could put it into bing... which is the exact same thing as google.... oohh or put it into make another video game consuel. windows phone... lol...

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:42 2

16. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


thank you ,lol sorry to hurt your feeling lol, btw stop supporting copy cats you can do better get a windows phone bro.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:42 2

17. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Sigh......

As everyone yells and screams about Android makers coming to agreements with MS for the Android devices they sell, this is the result of not talking. MS has been in the software buisness since it's infancy. Of course they will have patents on this kind of thing. There are ways to keep this crap out of court and under control.

I love Motorola. It's patent portfolio and inovations are as long and accomplished as MS. I hate the idea of choice being taken away. Nobody wins here.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:49 1

18. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


google most be damn we just got motorola , and the start is to pay microsoft 4 billions and pay for patents for very copy of ios we sell , i guess we should stop stealing lol .

posted on 19 May 2012, 03:23 1

35. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


What the hell did you just say?

posted on 19 May 2012, 14:45

42. blade19 (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)


?????

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:06 1

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Okay so now I has scratch the iPhone and any wp7 device off my list of my next upgrades. Guess that means I'll be sticking with Android. I'll gladly pat Motorola the extra $5-10 it will cost to get another Motorola device. That the only way MS will EVER see any cash from me. Your computer and mobile OSs suck.

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:12 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I dont know why people are getting so upset. Did you actually read those devices? How many of them are still on sale. The newest one is what.. the Atrix which is over a year old at this point? Its comedy more than anything.

They probably spent 10 million bux on lawyers to get those devices banned and most of them are not even sold anymore. What a great suite they won.. yaaaaay..

lol

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:26

26. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I don't think people are upset at all, especially when you look at the devices involved. I can only speak for myself, but I'm just tired of all the companies suing each other over nothing? Most of these patents don't deserve to be patents and most the companies that own them are using the to bully their competitors instead of protecting their ideas. Quit trying to destroy other IPs or milking money from them and make something compelling that everyone would want to buy instead.

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:38

28. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Actually, it is the precedent that bums me out, remixfa. Fine, outside of the Atrix, I do not think any of these are even available except off of Ebay. But, for the love of all that is Holy, HTC and Motorola's are being blocked from the market. At what point do devices, and other tech, start getting held up just pending outcomes? At what point do tech companies start moving away from one type of device, or in the Mobile world move away from one OS, due to not wanting the hassles? No, we are not there yet, but you need a first step before you trip down the flight of stairs. Going to court was the first step. This is the next step to a broken neck.

I believe Apple wants to slow down Android progress as much as it can. If it wins a couple of suites, fine. Microsoft wants it's revenue streams. It will beat down Moto as much as it can to ensure it gets it. Meanwhile, due to the inability to come to a common sense solution, everyone is in attack mode.

Dang it, Mobile is fun. I want progress, not this crap.....

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:23 2

23. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


i would spend 10 millions to get back 4 billion retard lol now they need to pay microsoft 4 billions lol.

posted on 19 May 2012, 14:50

43. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


other than having a horrid mouth, you have no point.

can you find me any sentence in the article that says "MS also won 4 billion dollars"?

it doesnt. it just says they are getting a ban on devices that no longer exist in the market for the most part. Do you know why they only got older devices? Because the problem was fixed eons ago.

posted on 18 May 2012, 21:38 2

25. Fuego84 (Posts: 282; Member since: 13 May 2012)


What's up with these fanboys, I mean the only thing I see happening here is the consumers losing choice. I don't care Which operating system you love, loss of choice isn't good for anybody especially if you want your OS of choice to be competatively pushed to be the best. Also we as consumers have the freedom to change our minds and try new things just because some of us have spent years on IOS doesn't mean they have to spend their life on IOS.

posted on 19 May 2012, 00:12 2

29. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


People, stop being fanboys, it really affects you judgement. This, is good, companies have to learn to innovate otherwise we will be stuck with gimmicks and companies fighting over who will release a phone with more processors or higher resolution screens like it is on most android devices. Have you ever heard nokia being sued for patent violations? Of course not! They make their own stuff and come up with their own ideas. It is not fair for a company to invest a lot of time and money on developing a product and then someone else from nowhere just wants to use their innovation FOR FREE. Who does motorola think they are? All other android manufacturers including Samsung pay microsoft to use their patents. I stand with every company that takes another company to court on fair grounds. It is only fair to get paid for what you made or bought with the intention of selling, that is how business goes PERIOD.

posted on 19 May 2012, 09:20

40. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Good comment. I agree. I truly do. Just do not like the path this is headed down.

But, you are most likely right. This is what we have our system for, and it will work itself out.

posted on 19 May 2012, 00:20

30. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 629; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Pump your brakes, which of those phones are actually still being shipped into the US? Atrix is possibly the newest of the old phones on that list, so what exactly did this do aside from the fact that the newest Motorola Mobility phones like the Razr and Droid 4 aren't on that list? Hmm, possibly Motorola either appeal or pay for licensing for the older models and end it with those phones as it seem that the newer phones don't fall under this litigation. Motorola probably got some Google help with those phones and thus avoided them getting named in MS suit, and MS basically won a case over old and almost completely outdated phones.

Had to check the list twice, pretty much every phone on there has been updated some twice...not sure which are still being shipped into the US, but some might be shipped to regional carriers but the big players those phones are far outdated. Let's see what Moto does.

Some people in here just really have no lives, if you get offended enough said ;-).

posted on 19 May 2012, 02:06

31. skymitch89 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Why can't we all just get along? All this crap about patent suits and people slamming others about what mobile OS is best is getting WAY out of hand. I don't understand why Apple and Microsoft have to go after device manufacturers for patent violations when most of the violations are actually done by Google via Android. The only way I could see them going after the manufacture is because if it is something that deals with the UI.

As for which mobile OS is best, it all depends on the person. I like iOS, prefer Android, and don't care too much for WP7. In my opinion iOS is fairly smooth, easy to use, and has some great apps; Android has a lot of customization options, is getting smoother and easier to use, and has some great apps; and I haven't had too much time to explore WP7, but from what I have experienced it wasn't that simple to figure out and I just didn't like how things flowed. Again, this is just my opinion of the main mobile OSs and everyone has their own opinion on what is best.

posted on 19 May 2012, 04:33 1

37. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Well Motorola didn't want to pay up like Samsung, HTC and all the others, so they got bannaned ... MS stated that Motorola didn't want to pay royalties ... well that was the problem, as far as I know, MS don't ban but collects money, but if the OM you don't cooperate, you are going down.

P.S. Personally I don't see the problem, when you break the rules it's your fault, but what happens when justice comes? We all know that MS is milking Android OMs ... and all of them are paying up because they are guilty, Motorola is guilty too so they must pay up like the rest... if not they will get bannaned (as happened)...

posted on 19 May 2012, 10:07

41. roscuthiii (Posts: 1838; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Oh damn... looks like Motorola Mobility won't be able to have last years models cross the border. Drats! You sure got'em, didn't ya M$?

posted on 19 May 2012, 15:48

44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Nice android is getting hit on all sides, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple. They're copying ways are starting to really hurt them. OEM's will begin thinking twice before they make android phones if this keeps up.

posted on 19 May 2012, 23:04

46. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Been gone for about a week and still feel the need to talk s**t. You know I've talked with some other hardcore Apple fan boys and found that its not the live by the Icode but they haven't really found a Android device to move them away completely from any other OS to Android. Just educate yourself on other high end phones and see what really fits you.

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:28

45. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


once windows phone 8 comes out ,android is gonna copy some more lol.

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