"Microsoft has been talking smack to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) of
late, charging the search giant's Android operating system isn't as
"free" as the company says it is and hinting that Android could end
up entangled in a patent infringement lawsuit.
"But talk is cheap. On Friday, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) took a
much bolder step, suing Motorola (NYSE: MOT) for allegedly
infringing nine of the software titan's patents in its Droid mobile
handsets, which are powered by Android.
""Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade
Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District
of Washington against Motorola for infringement of nine Microsoft
patents by Motorolaâ€™s Android-based
smartphones," Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft deputy general counsel,
said in a blog post."