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.
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.
ITC Says Nvidia Infringed Samsung Patents
A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission found Nvidia guilty of infringing three patents owned by Samsung.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
ACLU, EFF File Lawsuit Over Warrantless Phone Searches
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have sued the Department of Homeland Security for searching American citizens' smartphones at the border without a warrant. Specifically, the groups say the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies have delayed citizens' entry into the country lest they give up smartphone passwords.