Motorola fires back with lawsuit claiming Microsoft infringed patents

By Tom Warren, on 11th Nov 10 1:59 am with 1 Comment

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Motorola said on Wednesday that it has filed a complaint against Microsoft, alleging that the software giant has infringed 16 patents.

Motorola’s complaints related specifically to Windows, Windows Mobile and Xbox. Motorola’s patent complaints are directed towards PC and Server software in the Windows operating system, digital video coding, email technology used in Exchange, Messenger and Outlook, Windows Live instant messaging and object oriented software architecture. The handset maker claims Microsoft has also infringed patents with its Windows Phone Marketplace and Bing maps. Motorola has requested that Microsoft ceases violating the patents and provides compensation for the infringements.

Kirk Dailey, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola Mobility, issued the following statement:

“Motorola’s R&D and intellectual property are of great importance to the Company and are renowned worldwide. We are committed to protecting the interests of our shareholders, customers and other stakeholders and are bringing this action against Microsoft in order to halt its infringement of key Motorola patents. Motorola has invested billions of dollars in R&D to create a deep and broad intellectual property portfolio and we will continue to do what is necessary to protect our proprietary technology.”

The move comes 24 hours after Microsoft filed a second lawsuit against Motorola claiming that its royalty rates for some wireless networking and video technologies are above agreed limits. Dailey acknowledged Microsoft’s separate lawsuit against Motorola and said “It is unfortunate that Microsoft has chosen the litigation path rather than entering into comprehensive licensing negotiations, as Motorola has mutually beneficial licensing relationships with the great majority of technology companies industry-wide.”

  • GP007

    Uh huh, watch none of these actually go to court and the two will just sign a new cross-licensing IP deal to share each others IP which I’m thinking is MS’s goal from the start.