News by Dan Seifert on Friday May 18, 2012.
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The International Trade Commission in the U.S. has ruled that all of Motorola's Android devices are infringing upon a patent owned by Microsoft and has issued a ban on the importation of the devices. The Commission upheld an earlier ruling by an Administrative Law Judge in December 2011.
The patent itself covers "generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device." Only one of Microsoft's original seven patent complaints was upheld, but as we have seen in the past, it only takes one to prevent a device from getting into the U.S. The import ban is still subject to a presidential review, and will likely take effect in 60 days. Motorola will likely have to modify the software on its devices in order to get around the ban, much in the way HTC has modified its smartphones to avoid violating Apple's patents.
Motorola is the last holdout of major Android manufacturers to not have signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft. HTC, Samsung, LG, and many other companies have already signed agreements with Microsoft, to the point where some have estimated that Microsoft makes more money from Android manufacturer licenses than it does from sales of its own Windows Phone platform.source: ITC, via: FOSS Patents
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