Microsoft files suit against Motorola over Android

Fri, Oct 1, 2010

Legal, News

Nokia’s suing Apple. Apple’s suing Nokia. Apple’s suing HTC. And now Microsoft is suing Motorola. Boy, the smartphone market sure is a legal minefield these days.

The WSJ reports:

Microsoft Corp. accused Motorola Inc. of violating its patents with smartphones that use Google Inc.’s Android operating system, firing a legal salvo in a market where Microsoft has struggled.

The Redmond, Wash., company said it filed complaints against Motorola with the International Trade Commission and federal court in Seattle, alleging that Motorola’s Android-based phones violate nine Microsoft patents covering the synchronization of email, calendars and contacts, scheduling of meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

Google, meanwhile, wasn’t named as a defendant in the case, but it’s pretty apparent who Microsoft’s after with this lawsuit.


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