Microsoft Wins Patent Suit Against Motorola Android Handsets
The ITC rules Motorola Mobility smartphones running Google's Android OS violate a Microsoft ActiveSync patent.Technology giant Microsoft claimed victory as the International Trade Commission issued its final determination in Microsofts Android infringement case against Motorola, ruling Motorola violated a Microsoft patent related to ActiveSync, a mobile data synchronization technology and protocol developed by Microsoft, originally released in 1996. The technology is licensed to a number of mobile device companies, including Apple for iOS. The ruling affects eight individual Motorola Mobility handsets which run Googles Android operating system, including the popular Droid 2 and Droid X smartphones, as well as the Backflip, Charm, Clip, Devour, i1 and Cliq XT. "Microsoft started its ITC investigation asserting nine patents against Motorola Mobility," Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Erickso said in an emailed statement. "Although we are disappointed by the Commission's ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning.
A Bloomberg article reported that Motorola Mobility could appeal the ruling or cut a licensing deal with Microsoft in order to avoid altering the software on its phones. The company is currently being acquired by Google for $12.5 billion, a move that would give Google a hardware arm, as well as inheriting a broad array of wireless technology patents that could provide useful cover against its rivals legal assault on Android. These cases usually end up with the parties settling, Charlie Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Co in New York, told the news service. I would expect Motorola to get together with Microsoft to resolve this.