Motorola, a division of Google, has filed an appeal of an import ban on Android devices using a technology that Microsoft says infringes on its patents, according to intellectual property consultant Florian Mueller.
The ban, handed down by the U.S. International Trade Commission in May and put into effect this week, is related to calendaring in Microsoft’s ActiveSync technology.
Motorola had said earlier this week that it has “taken proactive measures” to make sure its smartphones remain available to U.S. consumers.
Mueller, in his FOSS Patents blog, notes that Microsoft had earlier filed its own appeal, asking the ITC for a reversal of certain decisions related to other patents in an effort to get a broader import ban. (Mueller provides patent consulting services for several tech companies, including Microsoft.)
We have requests in for comment from Motorola and Microsoft and will post when we get them.
[Update 9:40 a.m.: Microsoft sent the following statement: “Microsoft brought this case only after Motorola stopped licensing our intellectual property but continued to use our inventions in its products. We’re pleased the Commission agreed that Motorola is infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property and are confident the decision will stand.”]