Microsoft files suit against Motorola, claims patent infringement

Microsoft files suit against Motorola, claims patent infringement
Microsoft has filed an action against Motorola with the International Trade Commission and with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Redmond based firm claims that Motorola infringed on 9 of Microsoft's patents relating to certain functions found in the former's Android phones. The software manufacturer claims in a press release that these functions are "essential to the smartphone user experience" and include "synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.".

While many might feel that these suits are a waste of money and time, as a public company Microsoft is compelled to protect its intellectual property which in theory, belongs to the stockholders. As the company said in the press release, "We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones."

Even though Android is an open source system, Microsoft has been able to invoice HTC for using the OS. So far, there has been no response from Motorola.

source: Nokia via Engadget

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5 Comments

1. david_the_gom

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

dang.. i've been fan of MS and WM for years now.. but this move is... just... BS!! "synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power" Come on MS, why don't you sue other smartphone companies? why don't you sue Google for their android? why don't you sue ALL the cellphone companies? they also do synchronize email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power. Why not?

5. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I doubt we'll be seeing any more Motorola phones running WM from now on. No more Q's!!! NICE!

2. newfdog 13

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Bill Gates wants to sue the whole world next. He thinks because he breathes, then no one else has a legal right to. BTW Bill, why can't you create a software that doesn't crash, and actually tells the user what is wrong, rather than the garbage you push?

3. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Wow... just WOW. You're a ittle behind the curve aren't you? Steve Ballmer runs Microsoft now (and will run it into the ground most likely). Bill Gates is now known more for being a figurehead in the movement to inspire the affluent to acts of philanthropy. In layman's terms: billionaires giving away half of their fortune to charity, himself included.

4. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Wow, roscuthii is right on point. Bill Gates is actually someone to look up to! Read a newspaper or something and get in the know.

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