Motorola found to be violating one of Microsoft's patents in preliminary ruling

The US International Trade Commission has issued a preliminary ruling stating that Motorola Mobility is in violation of infringing on one of Microsoft's patents, according to Mary-Jo Foley. The patent that Motorola Mobility is infringing on is patent number 6,370,566. This particular patent makes it possible for individuals to schedule meetings on their mobile device.

The initial complaint was that Motorola was infringing on 7 of Microsoft's patents but the ITC only found that Motorola Mobility was infringing on one of them. Microsoft's David Howard,Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel official made the following statement:

We are pleased with the ITC’s initial determination finding Motorola violated four claims of a Microsoft patent. As Samsung, HTC, Acer and other companies have recognized, respecting others’ intellectual property through licensing is the right path forward 

The case is far from over as the six-member commission must issue a final ruling (this is a preliminary ruling) and then the judge must consider that opinion of the commission to issue the final verdict in the case. As it stands now, Motorola is cited as infringing on one patent which means that this ruling is subject to change given its current status.

Patents have been a hot topic as of late with Apple going after Samsung, Microsoft and Motorola Mobility hashing it out and of course Microsoft going after Android vendors for royalties. What this all means is that the mobile market is extremely volatile for not only existing participants, but new entrants in the market face a steep climb to become profitable if they want to stay out of the courts. 

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The present invention includes a mobile device which provides the user with the ability to schedule a meeting request from the mobile device itself. The mobile device creates an object representative of the meeting request and assigns the object a global identification number which uniquely identifies the object to other devices which encounter the object. In addition, the mobile device in accordance with one aspect of the present invention provides a property in the object which is indicative of whether the meeting request has already been transmitted. In this way, other devices which encounter the meeting request are capable of identifying it as a unique meeting request, and of determining whether the meeting request has already been transmitted, in order to alleviate the problem of duplicate meeting request transmissions.

http://www.google.com/patents/...ts_and.html?id=L-ELAAAAEBAJ

I'm surprised that there's no prior art for this

This is beyond annoying. How about all these technology companies just agree to a 'technology pact'?

"If [insert company A] invented it, and [insert company B] can program it without hassle, then for the betterment of our customers let's agree on it's use"

Too idealistic, I know. But what is it going to take to stop this nonsense? "Oh your monitor has a 'red light' indicating its off and we have a patent for that"!?

TextOnAFlatScreen said,
This is beyond annoying. How about all these technology companies just agree to a 'technology pact'?

"If [insert company A] invented it, and [insert company B] can program it without hassle, then for the betterment of our customers let's agree on it's use"

Too idealistic, I know. But what is it going to take to stop this nonsense? "Oh your monitor has a 'red light' indicating its off and we have a patent for that"!?

The concept of a patent sounds good "Protecting your intellectual property that you poured X amount of dollars and X amount of research and development into".

However sadly like most things with humanity it gets abused over and over again. These are companies that set out for one thing "Profit" which is anagram for "Pit For" meaning its a pit for customers to fall into!

why can't we be friends.... why can't we be friends....

Seriously,. that song would do tech companies some good.

flexkeyboard said,
What world are you living in, heaven? They are businesses not charities. When it comes to money, whoever has the most wins.

Yeah it's a shame that, instead of "whoever puts the best product together wins". I pray for a day when someone decides that intellectual property isn't patentable.

FMH said,
I hate all this patent trolling.
This year has been especially bad. Everybody is doing everybody.

Sounds kinky

FMH said,
I hate all this patent trolling.
This year has been especially bad. Everybody is doing everybody.

Let's be realistic here. The two big patent aggressors are Apple and Microsoft. But that's not surprising really. They are after all the incumbents. It's natural for them to try and exploit the broken patent system to stop any and all competition.

The software patent system needs to be abolished entirely. It no longer serves its original mandate.

Joey S said,

Let's be realistic here. The two big patent aggressors are Apple and Microsoft. But that's not surprising really. They are after all the incumbents. It's natural for them to try and exploit the broken patent system to stop any and all competition.

The software patent system needs to be abolished entirely. It no longer serves its original mandate.

Agreed. Software patents just don't make any sense...