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Microsoft wins US import ban on motorola android devices

19th May 2012, 02:23 AM |#1  
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The U.S. International Trade Commission today ordered an import ban on Motorola Mobility Android products, agreeing with Microsoft that the devices infringe a Microsoft patent on 'generating meeting requests' from a mobile device. The import ban stems from a December ruling that the Motorola Atrix, Droid, and Xoom (among 18 total devices) infringed the patent, which Microsoft says is related to Exchange ActiveSync technology.

Today, the ITC said in a 'final determination of violation' (PDF) that 'the appropriate form of relief in this investigation is a limited exclusion order prohibiting the unlicensed entry for consumption of mobile devices, associated software and components thereof covered by ... United States Patent No. 6,370,566 and that are manufactured abroad by or on behalf of, or imported by or on behalf of, Motorola.' Motorola (which is being acquired by Google) was the last major Android device maker not to pay off Microsoft in a patent licensing deal. Microsoft has already responded to the decision, saying it hopes Motorola will now reconsider."
19th May 2012, 05:24 AM |#2  
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19th May 2012, 08:28 AM |#3  
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Roflmao. It's too bad Microsoft doesn't have a patent on locked bootloaders. :D

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19th May 2012, 10:25 AM |#4  
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They'll pay.

Or, hey, how about this? Since this is a corporate thing that somebody like me will never use, why not only put it on a few business-class phones, and push the cost onto the consumer? Or, take it out of the phone, and sell it as an app? That way, those who want it can pay Motorola for the software and Microsoft for being a patent troll.

Also interesting to note that Microsoft now, as well as Apple, has sent a message to Android users that they are unable to openly compete (since they aren't giving away the software, they can't sell the same hardware as cheaply). That tells me that WP7 (as well as iOS) isn't a sustainable platform as long as Android is around. And I wouldn't bet against Google. I'd think it less wise to bet against Apple and Microsoft, but Google's got them in a panic.
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Originally Posted by bitbang3r

Roflmao. It's too bad Microsoft doesn't have a patent on locked bootloaders. :D

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Thanks for the laugh haha.

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19th May 2012, 04:36 PM |#6  
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Kind of reminds me of the days when RedHat 5.1 was makin it big. At that time MS had like 93% of the OS market. I think they tried something similar against Linux. I remember by the time it was all over with Linux had like 6 or 7% of the OS market.

Some said 7%, what l's the big deal? Think about it. All those millions of PC's that were lost to Linux. It's about money and control and Gates was losing some. Same thing with Android phones. I think the "infringement" on activesync is bull. It's just another attempt by a greedy company not wanting to loose money.

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19th May 2012, 11:33 PM |#7  
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Seem Apple and Microsoft have team up to try and crush Android

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19th May 2012, 11:46 PM |#8  
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for what it is worth, googles purchase of Motorola was approved by chineese regulators with the requirement that Android stay open for at least 5yrs. That was the last remaining hurdle for purchase.

Hopefully google will improve motorola as well as the photon.
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Originally Posted by FernBch

It's about money and control and Gates was losing some. Same

Well, can you tell me someone that has spent more money for the society than Gates (Roughly half of his fortune is in his foundation) and is still quite modest and down-to-earth?
(Just sayin that it's not fair to bash Gates)

Anyway, I hate those legal battles, too. I'd say stop crying and start developing innovative stuff to be competitive!!
21st May 2012, 02:54 PM |#10  
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Technology can't advance if ****ty companies like MS and Appple continue to claim every little thingy as theirs.

Android on the other hand continues to grow in popularity, because of its openness.
And it's getting better every day because users&devs can improve every aspect of it.
If you have iOS though, you're left at the mercy of apple. Nothing you can do 'bout that

I'd choose open source over proprietary bs any time
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