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Microsoft petitions to block sale of Motorola smartphones in the U.S.

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday August 23, 2011.

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Yesterday, Microsoft filed a petition with the International Trade Commission in the U.S. asking to block the import and sale of a handful of Motorola Android smartphones due to claimed patent infringements. This is Microsoft's first action against Motorola since it announced its lawsuit back in October of last year.

According to Microsoft, Motorola is in violation of seven of its patents, and Microsoft wants the import of the Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip, and Charm into the U.S. blocked (we don't think anyone will take issue with blocking the Devour, Backflip, Charm from U.S. shelves at this point, but that is neither here nor there).

"We have a responsibility to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders to safeguard our intellectual property," says Microsoft's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation, David Howard. "Motorola is infringing our patents and we are confident that the ITC will rule in our favor."

Motorola retaliated saying that it will defend itself "vigorously...against Microsoft's patent attack business strategy. We have also brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft's large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility's patents."

The ITC is set to announce its findings in the case on November 4, and the investigation is due to be completed by March 5 of next year. Google recently announced its intent to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, and has separately accused Microsoft of disclosing proprietary source code to employees without informing Google first. [via Bloomberg]

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