Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft (NASD:  MSFT) announced on Friday that it has filed
a federal patent infringement lawsuit and complaint at the International Trade
Commission against Motorola (NYSE:  MOT), related to features on the company’s Android-based
smartphones. "The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality
embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the
smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and
contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal
strength and battery power," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s deputy
general counsel for intellectual property and licensing.

While Google (NASD:  GOOG) is not
named as a defendant, Microsoft’s patent claims related to its Android platform
come after similar suits filed by Apple (NASD:  AAPL) and Oracle (NASD:  ORCL) against makers of
Android-based devices.

"We have a responsibility to our customers,
partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each
year in bringing innovative software products and services to market," Microsoft’s
Gutierrez added.

"Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented
inventions in its Android smartphones."



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