Initial determination by ITC finds Motorola violates 4 of Microsoft’s patent claims


An example of an infringing device.

Microsoft won the first step of its battle to win license fees from Motorola for use of its patents in Android.

The ITC has made a final preliminary finding that Motorola Mobility is in violation of one of Microsoft’s patents, U.S. Patent No. 6,370,566 which allows users to “schedule an appointment anytime, anywhere, and invite others to attend, making easy use of email addresses and contact information and synchronizing calendars across their phone, PC and other devices.”

The panel found Motorola did not infringe 5 other patients however.

In a statement Microsoft said:

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.

It is of note that, while Microsoft has been attempting, relatively successfully, to extract license fees from Android OEMs, their aims are very different from Apple’s litigation, which is explicitly aimed at “going nuclear” on the Google mobile OS.

The finding is just the first part of the process. The next step is a final determination by the six-member commission followed by the ITC judge takes the staff’s opinions into account in making a final decision.

Read more at ZDNet here.

Thanks Nathan for the tip.

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