Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

Summary: Microsoft fires a legal shot over Motorola's bow and asks the ITC to ban handset imports into the US.

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The smartphone industry is the only industry that I'm aware of where pretty much every player is suing everyone else. The lawyers involved must be happy. Anyway, the latest twist is that Microsoft has now approached the International Trade Commission and requested that Motorola imports be banned from the US.

The complaint refers to six handsets:

  • Droid 2
  • Droid X
  • Cliq XT
  • Devour
  • Backflip
  • Charm

Microsoft is claiming that these handsets infringe on seven of its patents relating to calendars and contacts, email sync, scheduling, and mechanisms used to inform applications of changes in signal strength and battery power. Microsoft calls these features 'essential to the smartphone user experience.'

Microsoft is choosing to do this following Google's acquisition of Motorola's mobile devices division for $12.5 billion. Google was hoping that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility (and its patents) could be used to protect it and the Android mobile OS from litigation - perhaps that might not work out so well after all.

As expected, Microsoft is 'confident that the ITC will rule in [its] favor' while Motorola says it will be defending itself 'vigorously' from Microsoft attack.

The ITC has until March 5, 2012 to complete its investigation, so don't expect anything to happen soon!

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility

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  • How does that work

    How does Apple succeed in getting Samsung tablets banned in an ex parte hearing instantly and Motorola is still allowed to infring on Microsoft's IP for several more months?
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

      @facebook@... <br>MS wants to ban MMI in the US. Apple to Samsung in EU. I guess EU is easier to sway...go figure.
      reklissrick
    • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

      @facebook@...

      You are a patenttroll Microsoft, Who have had the monopoly for too long
      Sultansulan
      • And you are just a troll

        @Sultansulan
        You allways have been, you allways will.

        Why even bother plying the game when it's so obvious?
        William Farrell
      • Williams Farrel; You are just an unsignificant troll

        @William Farrell
        you need to try harder, if you want to be taken seriously

        ...anybody is the troll of another troll...
        theo_durcan
      • Grow up.

        @Sultansulan

        Microsoft is no worse then the rest as it turns out.

        Unless you just learned how to read today then I would hope you would have had the capacity to educate yourself to at least a minimal amount that would have informed you that in fact Microsoft hasn't taken part in a large number of the recent lawsuits over patents. As the article says, they are all suing each other and buying up hoards of patents as ammunition for the war among them all.

        At this point, anyone who is trying to blame any one company more that another in this recent round of court battles over the last year or two is going to have to explain themselves because the facts don't support it.
        Cayble
      • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

        @Cayble
        Who is Google suing then? That's what I thought.
        Nathan A Smith
      • Who is Google suing

        @Nathan - Let me Google that for you...

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=google+suing
        boomchuck1
    • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

      @facebook@... being allowed to infringe on what? calendars and contacts? What possible patent violation could there be with a calendar, did Microsoft patent putting numbers in squares to show the day of the month? Do they have a patent on attaching peoples names to a contact? And the battery meter, seriously, lol. IP patents in this country are a friggin' joke. Microsoft, and Apple too, are selectively targeting companies who are actually competing with them and running them into the ground. It's sad really.
      waterhzrd
      • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

        @waterhzrd I counldn't agree more. Patents are a good idea, but the careless granting of patents on totally obvious non-inventions is sickening to watch.
        berriend
      • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

        @waterhzrd Why don't you read Microsoft's complaint to see what they think Motorola is infringing on if you want an answer. You, nor anybody else on her, is qualified to make a judgment call on what is or isn't infringing so your or my personal opinion on the matter doesn't really come into play.

        BTW, can you tell us what company or companies are running MS and Apple into the ground as you claim?
        non-biased
      • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

        @waterhzrd<br><br>I totally agree. My only hope is that everyone suing everyone, and all the patent trolls buying up portfolios of patents, all spend about 107 gazzilion dollars in the next year, only to have the entire IP patents system discarded as being too exploitable. That would amuse me!
        mlashinsky@...
    • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

      @facebook@... Easy. Microsoft didn't doctor images and go crying to the Germans.
      Snowsong
      • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

        @Snowsong \+1
        Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

      @facebook@... Only in Germany, not the EU. Remember, the EU is an association of sovereign states, not a unified country.
      bargeemike
    • One is software patents, the other is trade dress

      software patents is a gray area with a lot of wiggle room. Trade dress is pretty set and well-defined and has been around for well over a hundred years.
      baggins_z
  • Now the fun begins......

    Motorola had mobile phones long before Microsoft did. Let's see what patents that Microsoft is infringing on when Motorola files their legal action.

    Popcorn anyone???
    linux for me
    • If Motorola had anything

      They would have already used it.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • What's that have to do with it?

      @linux for me
      Just because someone made something first doesn't mean they haven't added someone else's IP to their new model phones.

      Or are you going on record as saying that evey feature incorporated into today's Motorola phones where their on there on their first phone too?
      William Farrell
      • RE: Microsoft wants ITC to ban Motorola smartphone imports

        @William Farrell Well every smartphone out there has a calendar on it, so why do you suppose MS is singling out Motorola? Clue: It's for the same reason Apple singled out the Galaxy. Because they can actually compete and Microsoft nor Apple are interested in competing, they are interested in domination and if it means lawsuits over frivilous IP patents then so be it. Battery meter patent, lol. What a sad sad story.
        waterhzrd