Microsoft Accuses Customs Over Failed Phone Ban
Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency today and accused its directors of ignoring a ban placed on Motorola products. Microsoft won a U.S. International Trade Commission case against Motorola last year. The ITC ordered that select Motorola devices be prevented from entering the country. According to Microsoft, Google (owner of Motorola) held a secret meeting with customs officials and convinced them that the order didn't really apply. The ITC did not enforce the ban and allowed the devices to enter the country. "Customs has a clear responsibility to carry out ITC decisions, which are reached after a full trial and rigorous legal review," said Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard. "Here Customs repeatedly ignored its obligation and did so based on secret discussions." The ITC ban is supposed to be in effect until 2018, when Microsoft's patent expires. The patent pertains to how devices sync data wirelessly. The case was filed in Washington, D.C.
Google Brings the Moto X4 with Android One to Project Fi
Google's Project Fi just scored its first non-Nexus / Pixel handset. The company added the Motorola Moto X4 to the selection of devices compatible with Project Fi, which is Google's low-cost MVNO.
Microsoft Brings Adds-Ins to Outlook for Android
Microsoft today updated its Outlook email application for Android devices and gave the app the ability to support add-ins. Microsoft says add-ins let Outlook users do more with their email thanks to powers enabled by third-party applications.
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.
Microsoft Loses Patent Case to InterDigital
The International Trade Commission today ruled Microsoft improperly used two InterDigital wireless patents without permission. The ruling judge said "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft [phones] from import into the United States." Patent-related complaints are often taken to the ITC, which has the power to enact such bans.