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ITC to Hear Motorola's Patent Infringement Case Against Microsoft

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In October, Microsoft sued Motorola for patent infringement, alleging that the company's Android smartphones violate nine Microsoft patents dealing with "e-mail synchronization, calendar and contacts, scheduling meetings and applications that alert users about battery and signal status." A few weeks later, a Motorola subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, countersued Microsoft, alleging that the software juggernaut violated 16 patents held by Motorola.

 

Wednesday, CNET News reported that the International Trade Commission will hear the complaint against Microsoft. Specifically, Motorola Mobility argues that technology in Microsoft's X-Box game console violates patents addressing wireless networking and video decoding, among other things. The company is seeking a cease and desist order to prevent the importation of the infringing products into the U.S.

 

According to an ITC news release, the case has yet to be assigned to an administrative law judge.

 

Meanwhile, Microsoft's second lawsuit against Motorola in as many months continues. The day before Motorola filed its patent countersuit, Microsoft slapped Motorola with a suit in federal court in Seattle that deals with the same patents. In this case, Microsoft argues that Motorola's royalty fees for licensing patents addressing wireless networking and video decoding are exhorbitant. The company wants the court to determine a more reasonable licensing fee.

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