ITC Bans Motorola Android Devices Over Microsoft patentsMay 19, 2012 1 Comment
Microsoft’s fighting in court has finally gotten them somewhere as the commission has agreed with Microsoft and now they have issued an exclusion order to ban Motorola Android devices from importation into the US. Now Motorola can appeal, rework Android to take away the offending technology, or sign up to Microsoft’s very popular patent license program.
Microsoft sued Motorola in the ITC only after Motorola chose to refuse Microsoft’s efforts to renew a patent license for well over a year. We’re pleased the full Commission agreed that Motorola has infringed Microsoft’s intellectual property, and we hope that now Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the US by taking a license to our patents.
– David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Microsoft
Microsoft started its ITC investigation asserting 9 patents against Motorola Mobility. Although we are disappointed by the Commission’s ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning. Motorola Mobility will not experience any impact in the near term, as the Commission’s ruling is subject to a $0.33/per unit bond during the 60 day Presidential review period. We will explore all options including appeal.
This is a HUGE victory for Microsoft and a pretty big hit to Google and the Android platform.