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August 26, 2013 at 6:15 AM
[Update 9:20 p.m.: My story from today's Day 1 of the trial is here.]
[Note: I will be at the courthouse starting at 9 a.m. Monday to cover the opening day of this trial. Jury selection is scheduled to take place in the morning; opening statements may start as soon as this afternoon. Follow along on Twitter at @janettu.]
Microsoft and Motorola head to federal court in Seattle today for the start of part 2 of a patent trial that has become part of the larger battle between Microsoft and Google, which now owns Motorola Mobility.
A jury will decide whether Motorola breached its agreement to provide certain of its industry-standard patents to Microsoft on fair and reasonable terms.
July 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Microsoft today filed a lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking a court order forcing Customs to enforce an import ban against certain Motorola smartphones.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Washington D.C., accuses the U.S. agencies of “arbitrary refusal to enforce an order” of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
May 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM
The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to make final a judge’s preliminary ruling that Microsoft’s Xbox console does not infringe on a Motorola patent.
The decision brings to a close a case in which Motorola — now owned by Google — had sought an import ban into the U.S. of all Xbox consoles, claiming that certain technologies used in the Xbox violate Motorola’s patents. (Xbox console are manufactured mainly in China.)
April 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Microsoft announced today that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn. The agreement covers devices, including smartphones, tablets and televisions, manufactured by Foxconn that run the Android and Chrome operating systems.
Microsoft contends that certain technologies used in Google’s Android and Chrome platforms infringe on Microsoft’s patents.
Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, puts together electronic products that are often sold under other companies’ names. Though Microsoft has Android and/or Chrome patent licensing agreements in place already with many big-name companies — including Samsung, LG and HTC — the Foxconn agreement could cover smaller companies that contract with Foxconn.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though Microsoft said it would receive royalties from Hon Hai.
March 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM
A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an initial ruling that Microsoft’s Xbox console does not infringe on a Motorola patent.
The administrative law judge’s decision today, if upheld by the ITC’s full six-member commission that will review the case in July, means it would be impossible for Motorola, now owned by Google, to be granted an import ban on the Xbox, as it had sought.
Today’s decision stems from a case in which Motorola claims that certain technologies used in the Xbox violates its patents. Motorola sought a ban from the ITC on the import into the U.S. of all Xbox consoles, which are manufactured mainly in China.
“We are disappointed with today’s determination and look forward to the full commission’s review,” Google said in a statement.
Microsoft issued a statement from David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, saying: “We are pleased with the administrative law judge’s finding that Microsoft did not violate Motorola’s patent and are confident that this determination will be affirmed by the commission. The ITC has already terminated its investigation on the other four patents originally asserted by Motorola against Microsoft.”