Google, Microsoft Tangle over Motorola Patents

Lora Bentley

Google's smartphone patent headaches may have to get worse before they get better - even with the Motorola buy. The Wall Street Journal reports the International Trade Commission was scheduled to hear Microsoft's complaint against Motorola Monday.


Microsoft claims Motorola handsets that run Google's Android operating system violate Microsoft patents, and if the ITC agrees, it could ban the import of Android-based Motorola phones. Motorola has lodged a countercomplaint against Microsoft, and Google stepped into the fray before the acquisition deal was even announced. According to the INQUIRER, seven different patents are at issue. If an import ban is imposed, it will affect the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip and Charm.


At the same time, a patent infringement suit brought against several smartphone makers, including Motorola, by Acacia Research is being settled, one defendant at a time. According to the WSJ, that case may also be affected by HP's announcement last week that it is getting out of the tablet and phone business.

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