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ITC Judge: Motorola Mobility Infringed Microsoft Patent 141

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-the-suing-begin dept.
chrb writes "An International Trade Commission judge has issued a preliminary ruling that Motorola Mobility infringed one of Microsoft's patents. The disputed patent covers storing a meeting request on a mobile device, and was rejected by the European Patent Office as being 'obvious.' The judge also ruled that six other Microsoft patents were not being infringed. Experts say that this will strengthen Microsoft's hand in collecting patent fees on Android. Microsoft recently claimed that it now collects patent fees on over half of all Android devices sold."
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ITC Judge: Motorola Mobility Infringed Microsoft Patent

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  • by bogaboga (793279) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @09:21PM (#38455468)

    Let all those Android device makers under several patent assaults from the like of Microsoft and the like do this:

    Remove the "infringing" functionality from your phones but create publicity that the features are available through an extension-like add-on like similar to Firefox or Google's Chrome browser.

    Then let's see who these patent litigants will sue. How about that?

  • by TrueSpeed (576528) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @09:53PM (#38455650)

    Let all those Android device makers under several patent assaults from the like of Microsoft and the like do this:

    Remove the "infringing" functionality from your phones but create publicity that the features are available through an extension-like add-on like similar to Firefox or Google's Chrome browser.

    Then let's see who these patent litigants will sue. How about that?

    6 of the Microsoft patents were thrown out and only 1 was upheld. The more Microsoft patents that can be identified as worthless the better. And the ones that are found to be infringing on their generic and prior art ridden patents they'll just work around it with another implementation of the functionality.

  • by dbIII (701233) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @01:10AM (#38456644)
    I suggest you objectively compare even the N900 from a few years ago versus a current Nokia phone with WP7 and then get back to me about whether it is a great OS or not. It's a huge step backwards for Nokia let alone comparing it to other vendors.
    Even the reviews that sing the praises of WP7 go on about how it "holds promise for the future" which looks to me to trying very hard to say something good about it without anything concrete to suggest.

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