ITC to Review Its Microsoft v. Motorola Decision
The U.S. International Trade Commission said that it is going to review a decision reached in December regarding a patent lawsuit between Microsoft and Motorola. The court issued a preliminary ruling against Motorola, saying that it infringed on one out of nine Microsoft smartphone patents. The review will take several months to complete. "We remain confident that the commission will affirm that Motorola has infringed our intellectual property," said Microsoft legal representative David Howard. Microsoft licenses Android-related patents to a number of smartphone makers. Motorola is one of the only companies with which Microsoft has not struck a licensing agreement.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Microsoft Avoids Import Ban in InterDigital Case
Microsoft escaped what could have been a harmful ban on its devices as the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to block the import of Microsoft's smartphones into the U.S.
Lenovo to Preload Microsoft Apps on Android Phones
Lenovo has agreed to install Microsoft's core productivity applications on some of its Android-based devices. The apps include Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype.