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ITC Bans Motorola Devices That Infringe on Microsoft Patent

Microsoft was handed a legal victory on Friday after the International Trade Commission (ITC) ordered an import banon Android-based Motorola devices that infringe on a Microsoft-held patent.The patent in question covers technology for “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device.” Unless Motorola removes the infringing technology from its gadgets or comes to a licensing agreement with Microsoft, it will not be able to import and sell them in the U.S.

“Microsoft sued Motorola in the ITC only after Motorola chose to refuse Microsoft’s efforts to renew a patent license for well over a year,” David Howard, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, said in a statement. “We’re pleased the full Commission agreed that Motorola has infringed Microsoft’s intellectual property, and we hope that now Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the U.S. by taking a license to our patents.”

Motorola said that its shipments would not be affected while it evaluates its options.

“Microsoft started its ITC investigation asserting 9 patents against Motorola Mobility,” a Motorola spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. “Although we are disappointed by the Commission’s ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning. Motorola Mobility will not experience any impact in the near term, as the Commission’s ruling is subject to a $0.33/per unit bond during the 60 day Presidential review period. We will explore all options including appeal.”.  Read More

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