More patent goodness: The US International Trade Commission has issued an initial ruling on Tuesday that finds Motorola to be violating four claims of a Microsoft patent, with six other patents being dismissed. The patent in question relates to the scheduling of appointments using email addresses and other contact information.
In an interview, Motorola General Counsel Scott Offer told AllThingsD:
We view it as a huge win for us. They had, originally, nine patents in their first case. They are down to one patent, effectively.
Should the full comission, which usually issues its final ruling within two months, still find Motorola to be infringing Microsoft’s patent, it will have to pay licensing fees for every Android handset it sells, just like HTC, Samsung and many other Android OEMs, as noted by David Howard, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, in a statement:
We are pleased with the ITC’s initial determination finding Motorola violated four claims of a Microsoft patent. As Samsung, HTC, Acer and other companies have recognized, respecting others’ intellectual property through licensing is the right path forward.
Meanwhile, HTC, which the ITC found to be violating an Apple patent on Monday, is already testing devices which workaround said patent, according to Reuters. This should avert any potential sales ban of HTC Android devices._________