Microsoft has filed a suit against Kyocera, claiming that the manufacturer infringed on seven Microsoft patents related to the Android OS. Ironically, Microsoft owns quite a number of patents related to Android and has licensing deals with some major Android manufacturers including Samsung. LG, HTC and ZTE. A couple of years ago, some computations showed that Microsoft could earn as much as $8.8 billion annually from those patents by 2017
In the suit, Microsoft accuses Kyocera of infringing on patents related to text messages and location services. The lines affected by the suit include the Kyocera Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier handsets.
Microsoft has asked a federal judge to issue an injunction that would prevent Kyocera from importing the affected models into the U.S. Despite taking Kyocera to court, Microsoft still seeks an amicable resolution.
"We respect Kyocera but we believe they need to license the patented technology they are using. We're hopeful this case can be resolved amicably."-David Howard, Microsoft deputy general counsel