If you can’t beat your competitor, sue them for copyright infringement and have the court ban their products from entering the market! That seems to be the strategy that tech companies are using against each other with varying degrees of success. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win – and sometimes there’s no clear winner at all. The latest patent battle between Motorola and Microsoft seems to favor the latter for now.
According to yesterday’s ruling by the International Trade Commission, Motorola was found to have violated one of Microsoft’s patents related to ActiveSync technology. The consequence of losing is that Motorola is now facing an import ban of all its products that utilize such technology, pending a 60-day presidential review process and a possible appeal. In the meantime, Motorola will have to pay a 33 cents bond for each product it ships.
Microsoft has issued a statement through its Deputy General Counsel David Howard, who said that this was the path that Microsoft had to take after Motorola refused to renew a patent license that has expired for more than a year. He went on to say that they’re pleased with the ruling and hope that “Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the U.S. by taking a license to our patents.”
Not surprisingly, Motorola voiced their disappointment with the Commission’s ruling in a written statement. They look forward to read the full ruling to understand why they lost the case and will pursue all available options, including an appeal – which will no doubt make the process run even longer.
We’re sure people will be bummed out about not being able to purchase a blue Motorola Droid Razr if the import ban takes place.