US Court of Appeals finds Motorola’s Android phones infringe another of Microsoft’s patents

Fosspatents reports that Microsoft is in the process of winning another patent victory against Google’s Motorola for infringing a 3rd Microsoft patent, this time for context-sensitive menus.

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed in part with Microsoft that the United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC) should have ordered an import ban against Motorola’s Android-based devices over more than just one patent. It affirmed the ITC ruling with respect to three patents (one of them was not infringed, while the Federal Circuit did not find that Microsoft established a domestic industry for the other two), but reversed in part and remanded the decision with respect to a fourth patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,664,113 on a "context sensitive menu system/menu behavior".

Unfortunately the US Customs have so far refused to enforce already existing ITC import bans against Motorola, something Microsoft is taking them to court for, but the move may explain why Motorola is now producing in USA rather than overseas.

Motorola is one of the few Android OEMs not paying licensing fees to Microsoft, and despite losing case after case it appears the  company is set to continue defying the law, making it a pretty good match for its parent company.

Read more at Fosspatents here.

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