Motorola Android Devices Face Ban from US ITC over Microsoft Patent Dispute
It seems that all the lawsuits against Android are beginning to gain traction and cause problems. According to a new report, several older Motorola phones have now been banned because of a Motorola patent dispute with Microsoft. The actual phones named in this new development have not been released; however, here's a quote with some details, followed by a list of phones that could end up being banned,
The US International Trade Commission issued a limited exclusion order banning certain Motorola Android devices from being imported to the U.S. after determining that the devices infringe on a patent held by Microsoft.
- Motorola's Atrix
- Cliq 2
- Cliq XT
- Droid 2
- Droid 2 Global
- Droid Pro
- Droid X
- Droid X2
Here's a quote detailing the public responses to the ongoing legal battle,
"Microsoft started its ITC investigation asserting 9 patents against Motorola Mobility," Motorola said in a statement to TechRadar.
"Although we are disappointed by the Commission's ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning. Motorola Mobility will not experience any impact in the near term, as the Commission's ruling is subject to a $0.33/per unit bond during the 60 day Presidential review period. We will explore all options including appeal."
For their part, Microsoft has expressed a desire to reach a licensing agreement with Motorola.
"Microsoft sued Motorola in the ITC only after Motorola chose to refuse Microsoft's efforts to renew a patent license for well over a year," Microsoft's corporate VP and deputy general counsel David Howard said in a statement to TechRadar. "We're pleased the full Commission agreed that Motorola has infringed Microsoft's intellectual property, and we hope that now Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the US by taking a license to our patents."