Yes, more patent wars news!!
Yesterday, Microsoft stood before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and filed a request to ban all import of Motorola smartphones. The company claims that Motorola devices infringe upon seven different patents that MS controls.
The filing includes everything from contact management and email synchronization to a “way to alert applications of a change in signal strength and battery power.” While the list of affected devices does include the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip and Charm, even some Motorola-branded features phones would be included in the ban should it pass.
A recent article on Bloomberg points out there are at least 18 key patents in Motorola’s portfolio that should keep the patent trolls at bay. First used in three lawsuits against Apple in 1994, the patents include “technology essential to the mobile-device industry, including location services, antenna designs, e-mail transmission, touch-screen motions, software-application management and third-generation wireless.”
This should be a good test on how well Google’s acquisition of Motorola and their huge patent portfolio works for them. If Moto’s patents aren’t enough to stop Microsoft on the most basic of claims, it could be bad news.
Category: Mobile News
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