Motorola vs. Microsoft: Lawsuits and Patents

By Gary Johnson - Nov 11, 2010

Just a day after Microsoft filed another lawsuit against Motorola for alleged infringement of nine patents, Motorola hit back by alleging that Microsoft had infringed sixteen of its patents.

Dan Nystedt of ComputerWorld is reporting that Motorola are accusing Microsoft of infringing 16 of its patents, which include mobile and server software, Xbox products, and PC. It was only last month when Microsoft were first to launch a lawsuit against Motorola for nine patents in handsets which use the Android operating system.

Then on Tuesday they followed that up with another suit for licensing terms for technology the company uses in its Xbox games consoles. Motorola counter sued by filing the current lawsuit via the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and the Western District of Wisconsin. This covers patents that include e-mail technology found in Messenger and outlook, and Windows Live instant messaging software.

Some are saying that a lot of the lawsuit activity is aimed at Android due to the fact it has grown so quickly, with Motorola seeing its smartphone sales rise from 2.7 million in the second quarter, to 3.8 million in the third.

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