News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday July 18, 2012.
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An import ban on a number of Motorola's mobile devices is due to take effect today, but the company says that the devices will remain on sale in spite of it. Motorola provided Reuters with a statement saying that it has taken a range of "proactive measures" to make sure that its devices no longer infringe upon Microsoft's patent, which is the reason for the ban.
"While we can't share specific details, we have employed a range of proactive measures to ensure there is no continuing infringement under the ITC's interpretation of this single Microsoft patent," said the company in its statement.
The devices that are said to violate Microsoft's patents are the ATRIX 4G, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, DROID 2, DROID 2 Global, DROID Pro, DROID X, DROID X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice, and the XOOM. Many of these devices are pretty outdated at this point, and it will be hard to find carriers that are still offering them for sale. The ban could be applied to other, possibly more current, Motorola devices as well, which is why the company has taken its proactive measures.
While it is not clear exactly which measures Motorola has taken to make sure the ban doesn't affect the sale of its devices, Reuters says that the company could remove the meeting-scheduling technology from its devices to avoid infringing on Microsoft's patent. Microsoft has said that it would be willing to license the technology to Motorola, as it has done for many other Android device makers, including Samsung, HTC, and LG.
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