The worlds largest software developer, Microsoft, have begun to create a case against Google-Motorola phones as they claim Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. use technology derived from Microsoft creations.
A trial began today which accused Motorola Mobility of infringing seven Microsoft patents. It requested, in front of the International Trade Commission in Washington, that imports of several Motorola Mobility devices should be temporarily discontinued. The Commission does have the power to halt any imports infringing US patent rights.
“We have a responsibility to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders to safeguard our intellectual property,” David Howard, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg. “Motorola is infringing our patents and we are confident that the ITC will rule in our favor.”
Just one week ago, Google announced that is was acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in order to obtain patents which would allow it to battle against previous attacks from Apple.
If Microsoft does manage to halt imports of some Motorola devices, some instability may be caused for Google and Motorola though I doubt this alone would be enough to cause Google to abandon Motorola. Also, now that Motorola has the force and resouces of Google behind it it will be able to protect itself from such 'patent wars'.
© Graham Macphee 2011