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ITC Says Motorola Violated One Microsoft Patent

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Dec 20, 2011, 6:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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