Microsoft seeks to block imports of certain outdated Motorola phones from the United States

It has only been about a week since Google announced they were buying Motorola, but that has not stopped the patent trolls. Microsoft and Motorola were in front of the International Trade Commission (ITC) yesterday because Microsoft has accused Motorola of infringing seven patents which relate to what Microsoft calls “essential to the smartphone user experience.” They include ways to synchronize e-mail, calendars, and contacts; schedule meetings; and notify applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

Microsoft is asking the ITC to block imports of some outdated Motorola phones like the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip, and the Charm.

Motorola Mobility is “vigorously defending itself against Microsoft’s patent attack business strategy,” Jennifer Erickson, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. “We have also brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft’s large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility’s patents.”

Administrative Law Judge Theodore Essex won’t release his findings until November 4th, and the investigation won’t be completed until March 5th. Nobody cares about those phones now, let alone next March. Either way, Motorola must fight this tooth and nail because any loss could set a precedent.

[via bloomberg]

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  •šeckas/1802491461 Arvydas Grušeckas

    outdated :DDD You stupid shitdroid users will always say, that a month old phone is outdated. You know why? Because you will never get any updates and better working OS system. Google doesn’t care about lag that you suffer

  • Matt Pierringer

    good thing you “like” a blog all about android… you’re smart!

  •šeckas/1802491461 Arvydas Grušeckas

    Matt, yes, I have it added. Why? I was Android fan and had two Android phones. But I didnt leave Android fan pages as I did leave Android