Motorola Avoids U.S. Import Ban Of Smartphones & Tablets



Looks like Motorola Mobility has recently been proactive in avoiding a ban of the imports of its various devices. According to reports, there was a recent International Trade Commission ruling that specified certain MOTO devices infringed on technology that makes it possible for MOTO device users to use the devices in order to generate meeting requests and schedule gatherings. The devices named are: the Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice and the Xoom tablet. While Apple immediately comes to mind for most Android users, it’s actually Microsoft who believes MOTO infringed on certain patents, as highlighted by spokeswoman Becki Leonard:


“While we can’t share specific details, we have employed a range of proactive measures to ensure there is no continuing infringement under the ITC’s interpretation of this single Microsoft patent”.


For those of you unfamiliar, here’s a quick rundown to help refresh your memory: Microsoft accused Motorola Mobility of infringing nine patents in a complaint filed in October 2010. Both companies ended up in a quiet, but significant legal battle in which MOTO was found not guilty on infringement of all but one of the patents. Fast-forward to May and we find the ITC ruled that Motorola Mobility infringed on the one patent, which leads us to MOTO now trying to avoid a ban of imports for its different devices.

The infringement claim is indeed a serious one, MOTO at least knew there was an easy workaround in order to keep its devices on retailers’ shelves. The main option is simply removing the meeting-scheduling technology from its smartphones and tablets since Microsoft originally believed MOTO should have licensed the technology.

source: Latinos Post



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Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

  • Microsoft is the biggest patenttroll

  • RTWright

    This is why I’d love to see the Patent Laws looked into. Laws that prevent Competition need to be abolished. Just because you made something, doesn’t mean someone can’t make one like it ( Within the bounds of not copying your design aesthetically as well as technically ) to do the same job in a different way ( UI Look and Feel, Different was of handling the given tasks, etc… ).

    To me this makes any company that comes up with something, a Monopoly on that which they feel should be theirs and only theirs. Yet when you look closely at what most of these Patents cover, is just what I stated already. They took something someone else has done, did it different enough that it wasn’t a direct rip-off of the original and got a Patent. Trouble is, the Patent seems to offer protection in ways it shouldn’t.

    Without multiple ways of getting the same job done, we would as a world be using all the same Hardware, all the same Software, all the same everything. You’d go to one person’s house? It would look and feel identically to yours, it would be the exact same house to the T! Why? Because everything is covered by patents that keep anyone from creating anything different. You’re stuck with everything being the same…

    These silly Patent Suits that are going on, all they are for is to keep the competition out. Microshaft here is so low on the totem pole of Cell Phone Devices that they in my opinion should just hang it up ( No pun in intended, but hey… ). Their sells are abysmal, their devices are barely even looked at on the grand scheme of things, just like Blackberry has become and they used to be giants in this arena.

    Anyone awarding them with a win is just showing pity in my opinion. I understand if someone copies your code, your UI, to the last detail and tries to use it without your permission and licensing. But that doesn’t mean I can’t create my own, using my own code, my own UI and not have to worry about paying you for licensing based on an action that completes a task. That’s just stupid, especially if I wrote the code and did the UI myself without using anything of yours to do it. That my friend is the fair act of competition in the business world.

    You come up with it, I look and go… Hm.. We could do so much better if we improved it in this way, that way, then I go and create it from ground up and do just that. Now you have people looking at mine going “For me that UI is a lot more appealing, these options get it done quicker, it’s faster and performs better for me…” This is called freedom of choice, something you big companies don’t like consumers to have it seems….