Microsoft Issues Ban on Motorola Phones for Infringing on Company’s Patents

Motorola follows HTC by having its devices banned from sale in the United States.

Infringing patents is a big deal nowadays: HTC’s devices were banned from going on sales, and now Motorola’s

Woah, another company has its phoned banned from going on sale until a patent dispute is resolved. This time it’s Motorola, who infringed on a Microsoft patent.

The ruling was made by the International Trade Commission, who ruled on the HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G bans in the U.S. Following the news, HTC’s shares dropped by 6 percent. AT&T marked the phones as out of stock, despite some going on sale before the ban. The International Trade Commission, who issued the ruling, can stop devices from being imported if infringing on a patent.

We don’t know for sure all the ban-affected devices, though Microsoft has asked for devices to not cross the U.S. border: the Motorola Atrix, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, and the Motorola Xoom tablet are just some.

The infringing patent covers the ability for users to generate meeting requests and gatherings using mobiles. Google is working to acquire Motorola, so this isn’t good news for the company.

Multiple banning, no certain resolution date

Motorola said in e-mailed statement it was disappointed at the ruling, and was looking into all options including appeal. Chances are the company will have to make changes to the affected device before they’re allowed to go on sale.

Microsoft added it’s pleased with the ruling, and hopes Motorola will take a license on its patent. Microsoft filed a complaint in 2010 accusing Motorola of infringing nine patents across Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. Motorola was found not guilty of six, two dismissed, hence the one single dispute.

Motorola shipped 8.6 million Android devices during Q1 2012, according to research firm Gartner. The firm revealed Android is the most popular smartphone operating system, taking 56 percent market share in the same quarter.

Users who had pre-ordered the affected HTC devices received an e-mail from Best Buy telling them the release date had changed, but they didn’t know what it had changed to. HTC has since said some devices are processing through customs. HTC said it’s confident the issue would be resolved soon.

Published: Friday, May 25th, 2012 Last Modified: June 2, 2013

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