ITC Says Motorola Violated One Microsoft Patent
An administrative law judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that some of Motorola's Android handsets violate a single patent held by Microsoft. At the same time, the judge exonerated Motorola from infringing on six other Microsoft patents. The patent in question pertains to how how mobile devices process meeting requests via email. Both Microsoft and Motorola issued statements saying they were pleased with the judge's ruling. Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard said in a statement, "As Samsung, HTC, Acer and other companies have recognized, respecting others' intellectual property through licensing is the right path forward." Microsoft has licensed a set of its smartphone patents to a growing number of Android smartphone makers. Motorola is one of several that hasn't licensed Microsoft's patents. This initial ruling must now be reviewed by the full Commission, which generally takes place within two months.
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.
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 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.
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.