Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

Summary: Today we hear of yet another lawsuit in the smartphone world with Microsoft filing an action against Motorola for infringement on nine patents in their Android-based smartphones.

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Lawsuits between the different players in the smartphone market are nothing new and today we hear that Microsoft is suing Motorola for patent infringement in their Android smartphones. Patent lawsuits for infringing upon technologies developed by companies are quite the trend in today's smartphone world with Apple, Nokia, HTC, Google, Motorola, and others in active cases.

As stated in the full press release:

Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

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.

I am not a lawyer and won't even begin to try to argue who is right here, but I doubt Microsoft will sue HTC or Samsung for issues related to Android since both of these companies are going to make Windows Phone 7 devices.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, Smartphones, Windows

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  • It wouldn't be the first time that a company

    helped another develope technologies only to have the other company renege on the deal and try to use those technologies for their own benefit.

    Given the state of Motorola's cell phone division over the years, I wouldn't doubt they did everything they could (legal or otherwise) to stay in the game.
    John Zern
    • I'm sure Microsoft would rather have used a tech weapon against Motorola

      if they had one.

      But they haven't and as a consequence must resort to intimidation and legal action.<br><br>Fortunately Microsoft has a powerful legal department that comes to rescue the floundering tech division when need be.
      OS Reload
      • Of course that's it.

        OS Reload.

        Unfortunatelly, for people like you, eveything is allways MS's fault because you can't form an opinion without it being biased against MS.

        Too bad for you :(
        John Zern
      • John Zern. I would have to say that you

        have made an accurate assesment of OS reload.

        He is indeed a very biased person against Microsoft, and that his post are all colored by it.

        It would be illogical for someone to believe otherwise, when the facts are conclusive against him.
        :|
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

        @OS Reload
        We all know how biased you are!
        illegaloperation
      • the community must strike back

        @OS Reload
        and anihilate the evil M$.
        Linux Geek
    • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

      @John Zern

      Riiiiiiiigggghhhhttt. MOTOROLA needed help from MICROSOFT to indicate remaining battery life to the user.
      tkejlboom
  • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

    Nothing out of the ordinary, its just Microsoft trying to protect their investment. Like they said, they put forth billions of dollars, there is no reason why they should let someone else take it for free.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

      @Loverock Davidson
      Oh yes, synchronizing emails and calendars and having a signal strength monitor -those are SUCH innovative ideas.
      tbuccelli
      • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

        @tbuccelli
        The patent is actually more specific than that.
        illegaloperation
    • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

      @Loverock Davidson

      LOL, if it took billions of dollars for Microsoft to figure out how to communicate remaining battery life to the user they should go out of business immediately. FAIL
      tkejlboom
  • So which set of standards are going to be applied here?

    Will it be the Apple standard where companies that steal from the hard work and innovation of others should be taken to court and annihilated or will it be the MS standard where MS is evil and is in the wrong just because?

    Come on Apple zealots, I want to hear you say it: let the courts decide!
    NonZealot
    • Microsoft and Motorola have a ton of cash to pay lawyers. The winner here??

      The lawyers!!!

      All patent lawsuits hurt the industry in general, and consumers. It just lines the lawyers pockets and make things more expensive.
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

        @DonnieBoy
        I remember that when Apple sued HTC, you cheer that.
        illegaloperation
    • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

      @NonZealot I'm not an Apple Zealot and I'm saying to let the courts decide. I didn't like that Apple sued HTC and I'm not liking this lawsuit against Motorola any more... I like what one person said in another talkback: "Kill all the lawyers!"
      athynz
  • Balmer is stupid and has a short deeeeek. Not much he can do except turn

    the lawyers loose.
    DonnieBoy
    • DonnieBoy, our records indicate that you

      have never been considered for a position of CEO.

      As a matter of fact, our records indicate that you have never been considered for any position in which leading is a requirement.

      And you believe he is the stupid one?
      :|
      Tim Cook
  • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

    @OS Reload
    And Apple is suing Nokia for... oh and Apple is suing HTC for... oh and...

    To borrow a line: cue the double standards.
    ericesque
    • RE: Is Microsoft ticked at Motorola for Windows Phone 7? Now suing them for their Android work

      @ericesque Ahh but don't forget the suits brought [i]against[/i] Apple as well...
      athynz
  • Yeah exactly.

    That's how Netscape fought MSFT during the browser war. When they were doomed to lose, Netscape went to court controlled by far left radicals to cheat.
    LBiege