The mobile industry has become more competitive as mobile companies start suing others for infringement. This mostly concerns Google’s Android software.
Among the latest cases filed in the courts is from Microsoft Corp. the world’s software giant. Microsoft sued Motorola over infringement of nine patents on mobile phones in the Android software. These patents include features like emails, contacts, calendar synchronization, meeting organizer, and signal and battery strength alert apps.
In an interview for Wall Street Journal, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said on a statement that “Android has a patent fee, It’s not like Android’s free and you have to license patents.” Motorola hasn’t released a statement as of this writing. Ballmer also revealed that HTC is paying Microsoft a per-handset fee over patents.
These are included in a series of lawsuits filed surrounding the Android software. These include the long-standing battle of Nokia against Apple, and Apple’s legal battle with HTC. Google, the main creator of Android is at heat with Oracle. Nokia served a total of 6 writs, while Apple and Qualcomm had two writs. Microsoft just started to serve two writs and Google got one from Oracle.
The booming market for smartphones has been continually increasing across the world and companies are doing everything to own the patents.
In a statement on his blog post, Deputy General Counsel of Intellectual Property for Microsoft Horacio Gutierrez stated the importance of smartphones for the world population and Microsoft’s continuing development for it.
Gutierrez also quoted that Microsoft has been continually serving its prospective customers with top of the class software for almost thirty years, and the patents issues are not a surprise especially for the Microsoft softwares they developed.
Meanwhile, Android main developer Google expressed disappointment with Microsoft’s legal action, standing by its own OS. They also claimed that they do not take sides on the lawsuit and acknowledges the partners that made the Android OS.