Microsoft's patent case against Motorola to be heard Monday

Microsoft is involved in a patent battle with smartphone maker Motorola Mobility and on Monday that battle is scheduled to come to a head in court. News.com is reporting that the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C will hold a hearing to hear Microsoft's side in the case. The company has been claiming since October that Motorola's smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system violate a number of Microsoft's patents.

The patents themselves are related to Motorola's phones being able to sync several of its phones' features like email, contacts and more. It also involves the phones letting its users know about how much battery power is left along with finding the best single strength. Google itself is not involved in the patent dispute. The judge in the case will hear Microsoft's side for about 10 days of hearings. The judge could make a preliminary decision later this year. However he is not expected to make a final judgment on this case until sometime in 2012. If he does rule in Microsoft's favor, the company could file an injunction to bar the sales of Motorola's smartphones until Motorola pays to use Microsoft's patents.

Obviously this patent dispute is being watched by others in the mobile phone industry. It also got even more complicated earlier this week thanks to Google's announcement that it is planning to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion. Ironically, one of Google's main reasons for purchasing Motorola is to secure the company's many patents.

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" Ironically, one of Google's main reasons for purchasing Motorola is to secure the company's many patents."

That isn't irony, it's coincidence. Apparently the writer never watched Teaching Mrs. Tingle.

ArmedMonkey said,
" Ironically, one of Google's main reasons for purchasing Motorola is to secure the company's many patents."

That isn't irony, it's coincidence. Apparently the writer never watched Teaching Mrs. Tingle.

It's not coincidence at the very least. Since neither of it was done without intention or foreknowledge.

The majority of motorolas patents are hardware patents in any case, and won't help defend against microsofts software patents. Their hardware patents are already in use for cross patent licensing with other hardware vendors as well.

Open Minded said,
Any bets on if MS photoshops the evidence?

I don't think we've seen any proof of Microsoft doing anything like that before so we shouldn't just assume so, Apple is the only one so for to stupe that low.

Hopefully, Google should be paying a little more attention now.

MS might manage to bully Motorola into paying blackmail but I suspect Google might object and be able to do something about it.

holdfast said,
Hopefully, Google should be paying a little more attention now.

MS might manage to bully Motorola into paying blackmail but I suspect Google might object and be able to do something about it.

google cant do much about it.. because they dont have the patents even for android..

Lachlan said,

google cant do much about it.. because they dont have the patents even for android..


Exactly. And it's hardly "blackmail" when you're required to pay a company for infringing their patents... Android fanboys should be mad at Google for steeling code and IP and then not offering any sort of patent protection to their OEM's, not Microsoft, Apple, Oracle / Sun, etc...