Microsoft Wins Lawsuit Against Motorola and Android

May 28, 2012


A long-running dispute between media giants Microsoft and Motorola has finally (and hopefully) come to a conclusion. The two companies have been in a legal dispute since mid-February since Microsoft accused Motorola of trying to block sales of their products by charging “unreasonably high” prices for the use of its patents in Germany. Later in April, Microsoft won a court case pertaining to this issue, preventing Motorola from blocking access to their patents while the court decides whether or not Motorola is making good on their promise to offer their patents at fair and reasonable rates. This shift in momentum has seen Microsoft going on the offensive, taking Motorola to court over a patent infringement over an algorithm Motorola’s smart phones use to organize schedules from e-mail.

The latest decision made by the International Trade Commission marks a huge victory for Microsoft. In the court’s decision, Motorola violated a major patent on an algorithm for “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface”. There’s a lot of fallout from this decision: since Google manufactures the software for these Motorola phones, all plugins using the infringed content will need to be re-written from scratch. Even worse, Google faces a difficult decision: either pay Microsoft royalties to use their patented algorithms, or bowing out of the German market altogether.

This is a big milestone in the patent war between Microsoft and Motorola, but it’s likely that there’s more to come. Stay tuned to as we continue to cover this major technology battle.

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About Argus9

Jonathan ‘Argus9′ Zisser has been an avid gamer for over 20 years. His early years of playing the NES with his father helped springboard his interest in gaming, and has eventually matured into an avid following for the gaming industry. Studying Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University also gave him insight into the more technical side of video games. A passionate writer as well, Jonathan loves conveying his experiences and opinions by creating engaging articles as often as possible. More often than not, he tries to break down today’s industry and write editorials that make his readers think.

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