Motorola sues Microsoft over 16 patent infringements

11 Nov 2010

Motorola, which has recently been sued by Microsoft over patent violation involving smartphones, has hit back with lawsuits against Microsoft – alleging infringement of patents by a list of Microsoft software.

Motorola – under their subsidiary Motorola Mobility – has filed lawsuits against Microsoft for infringement of 16 patents by Microsoft PC and server software, Windows Mobile software and Xbox products.

The Motorola patents directed to PC and server software relate to Windows OS, digital video coding, email technology, including Exchange, Messenger and Outlook, Windows Live instant messaging and object oriented software architecture.

The Motorola patents directed to Windows mobile software relate to Windows Marketplace, Bing maps and object oriented software architecture and the patents directed to Xbox relate to digital video coding, Wi-Fi technology and graphical passwords.

Motorola has requested that Microsoft cease using the patented technology and provide “compensation for past infringement”.

Kirk Dailey, corporate vice-president of intellectual property at Motorola Mobility, said: “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.”

Only last month Microsoft accused Motorola of infringing nine of its patents in Android-based smartphones.