Salesforce.com, i4i, Android Marked Microsoft's Legal Battles in 2010
Microsoft engaged in a number of legal battles throughout 2010, most of them seen by analysts as a way to leverage its growing interest in smartphones and the cloud.Microsoft found itself at the center of a number of intellectual-property battles throughout 2010, as lawsuit fever seemed to grip the tech industry as a whole. Despite the intercompany partnerships seemingly signed on a weekly basis, the rapid pace of innovation in markets such as smartphones, and the resulting billions in potential profits, led any number of corporations to open fire on each other like so many 17th century ships of the line. By the final months of 2010, Microsoft found itself locked in a game of intellectual-property suit and countersuit with Motorola, which was also being sued by Apple, which in turn was fighting battles with HTC and Nokia over the rights to certain mobile technologies.
But Microsoft's most prominent case of 2010 might turn out to be the continuing intellectual-property battle with Canadian firm i4i, which sued the software giant for allegedly infringing on its patents for custom XML. An in-depth breakdown by eWEEK of i4i's patent can be found here.