Microsoft sues Motorola over Android

The world’s largest software company, Microsoft Corp., is launching a legal action against Motorola, Inc. over its Android smartphones, which have become popular and competitive in the mobile phone market.

This is not the first official action against mobile phone technology on Android: Apple previously sued HTC due to few smartphones that run Android and several devices based on Windows Mobile.

The American manufacturer of mobile devices is accused of violating nine patents in the smartphones running Android. The patents relate to various built-in functions of thesmartphones, including the synchronization of email, calendar and contacts, planning events, applications, “reminders” about the changed signal strength and battery level.

Synchronize email, calendar and contacts used in many smartphones. Moreover, in this case would be better to sue the supplier of the operating system (in this case – Google), and not the manufacturer of smartphones. Nevertheless, while Motorola has not signed any license agreements with Microsoft, the latter has a good chance of winning in the court.

“We are disappointed that Microsoft prefers to compete over old patents rather than new products,” a Google spokesman said. “While we are not a party to this lawsuit, we stand behind the Android platform and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”

Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel in charge of Microsoft’s intellectual property, said, “Our action today merely seeks to ensure respect for our intellectual property rights infringed by Android devices,” in a blog post on the company’s website.

“Judging by the recent actions by Apple and Oracle, we are not alone in this respect.”

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