Microsoft, Motorola Patent Battle: A Lose-Lose-Lose Proposition
Oct 06, 2010, 17:04 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Bradley)
"Microsoft is taking Motorola to court with allegations that its
Android smartphones violate a number of Microsoft patents. It is
hard to tell if the real target is Motorola, or Android itself, but
one thing seems certain--patent suits as a product strategy are
getting old, and ultimately it seems that all parties lose in the
"Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General
Counsel for Microsoft, explains in a blog post, "The Microsoft
innovations at issue in this case help make smartphones "smart."
Indeed, our patents relate to key features that users have come to
expect from every smartphone."
"Motorola's Android smartphones are at the heart of a patent
battle with Microsoft.Gutierrez continues, "That Microsoft has
important patents in this area should not surprise anyone - we've
spent over 30 years developing cutting-edge computer software,"
concluding with, "Our action today merely seeks to ensure respect
for our intellectual property rights infringed by Android devices;
and judging by the recent actions by Apple and Oracle, we are not
alone in this respect."