Microsoft sues Motorola for allegedly violating patents on Android phones
Microsoft said Friday it has filed a lawsuit against Motorola for allegedly infringing on nine patents to produce Motorola's Android smart phones.
The software giant said in a press release that the patents are related "to a range of functionality embodied Motorola's Android software smartphone devices" that help synchronize e-mail, calendars and contact, schedule meetings and notify applications that show signal strength and battery power levels.
Motorola said in a statement that it hasn't received the lawsuit (pdfmsft-motocomplaint.pdf). "Motorola has a leading intellectual property portfolio, one of the strongest in the industry. The company will vigorously defend itself in this matter," it said.
The suits underscore the intense competition among software manufacturers and device makers in the exploding smart phone market. More people are browsing the Web over smart phones than regular feature phones, according to a new survey released Friday by Comscore. Microsoft has struggled to gain share as Google's Android software, RIM's Blackberry and Apple's iPhone operating systems lead the market.
Microsoft said its suits were filed with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington state.
"We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones,” Microsoft said in a release.
Microsoft's moves follow similar legal offensives over alleged smart phone patent infringements.
Earlier this week, Apple sued Nokia in Britain, extending a back and forth legal battle between the companies on smart phone software.
In March, Apple sued Taiwan-based HTC, the manufacturer of such Android phones as the HTC Hero and Google's Nexus One (since taken off the market), alleging that it had infringed 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.
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