Microsoft Slaps Motorola with Android-Related Patent Suit
Microsoft has today filed a lawsuit with the International Trade Commission alleging that Motorola is violating some of Microsoft's patents in its Android-based smartphones. Microsoft said, "The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power. Our action today merely seeks to ensure respect for our intellectual property rights infringed by Android devices; and judging by the recent actions by Apple and Oracle, we are not alone in this respect." The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
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.
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.
Apple Says Qualcomm Violating Patents
Apple today filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm over power-management patents. The claim counters a July lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple.
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.
APPLE IS EVIL
So let me see if I get this straight. Android infringes on patents owned by Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle at this point.
Android-Gets sued by companies because they're popular (using same rationalization) but suddenly the lawsuits have merit.
Better yet, I know what will fix this for Motorola. Simply make a few Windows Phone 7 handsets and watch Microsoft's lawyers suddenly forget that...
so when will...
Syncing contacts, email, and calendar? WTF???