It seems Motorolaâ€™s gamble did not pay off. While most Android OEMs decided to pay Microsoftâ€™s Android patent license fee, Motorola decided to take their chances in court.
Now the ITC has confirmed Motorola infringes on Microsoftâ€™s four patents for scheduling meetings over email using a mobile device.
The decision affect all Motorolaâ€™s Android handsets, and the ITC has issued an exclusion order to ban Motorolaâ€™s offending devices from importation into the US.
Microsoft has issued a statement saying:
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
The decision may still be overturned by a Presidential Review, but we suspect Motorola (and therefore very soon Google) will soon become a Microsoft Licensee.
Thanks Milad for the tip.