Microsoft is suing Motorola for patent infringement. The suit, filed with the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges the Android smartphone maker violated nine different patents related to "e-mail synchronization, calendar and contacts, scheduling meetings and applications that alert users about battery and signal status," according to International Business Times.
The software juggernaut seldom resorts to formal legal action to resolve patent disputes. More often than not, the parties are able to reach an agreement before legal action is taken. And in the four previous instances in which Microsoft has taken formal legal action to defend its patents, most of them-including the case against customer relationship management software-as-a-service provider Salesforce.com earlier this year - have settled out of court.
That said, however, patent lawsuits in the smartphone arena are a dime a dozen today, even without Microsoft adding to the fray. Nokia and Apple have sued each other, as have Apple and HTC. At the time the latter was filed, observers said Google was Apple's true target, but IBT writer Carl Bagh says it is unclear at this time whether Microsoft is taking a swipe at Android with its suit or if it really does want a piece of Motorola.