October 1, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Microsoft is knocking on Motorola’s door, alleging that Motorola’s Android phones have features that infringe on Microsoft’s patented technology. The Kings of Redmond allege that Motorola infringes on nine specific patents, including the manner in which the phones synchronize email, calendars, contacts; schedule meetings; and notify “applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.”
Lawyers from Microsoft filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission to stop Motorola from continuing to distribute products that allegedly violate Microsoft’s IP; deputy counsel Horacio Gutierrez issued this statement on the accusations:
“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.”
It’s unlikely that Motorola was caught off guard by this filling. Microsoft has already made a deal with HTC over alleged patent violations in Android, and previously confirmed that it was in negotiations with other manufacturers over the inherent infringements that come when releasing an Android phone. We jokingly said that Paulie Cicero wants his cut when that story broke, but Microsoft isn’t laughing. It looks like Dell, LG, Samsung, and a host of other companies can expect a similar call from Microsoft.
Google has previously insisted that Android does not violate patents.