Microsoft sues Motorola: Android is the target

Microsoft has just filed a patent Infringement Action Against Motorola today. My guess is that the Redmond company was unable to reach an “Android” licensing deal similar to the one HTC signed a few months ago. Microsoft had already stated that they were working on similar licensing deals with other OEMs but it looks like both companies didn’t agree this time around.  Android is definitely the target here and with the imminent release of Windows Phone 7 things are starting to get heated. Full Press Release and Suit after the break:

Microsoft Files Patent Infringement Action Against Motorola
Statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing.

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 1, 2010 – Microsoft Corp. today filed a patent infringement action against Motorola, Inc. and issued the following statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing:
“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.
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.”

Ironicaly Motorola was one of the key partners in the development of the original version of Windows Mobile 7 (code-named Photon)

Here ‘s the full suit (courtesy of Cnet):

Via Microsoft

  • David Olsen

    My bet is that Motorola was the target of legal action (vs just a licensing deal) because they have no plans to release a Windows Phone 7 mobile unlike other OEMs like HTC.