Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Patents

Microsoft has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola, accusing the company of breaching its copyright to develop phones running the Android operating system.

The Redmond, Washington-based software giant has launched an indirect attack on rival company Google by accusing mobile manufacturer Motorola for using its patented software technology in developing smartphones based on Google’s Android OS, PC World reports.

Microsoft has alleged the copyright infringement of at least nine of its patent features and functions including contacts, calendar and e-mail synchronisation, in the lawsuit filed against Motorola in a Seattle federal court of the United States and the International Trade Commission (ITC).

The software giant has alleged that Motorola has continued to use the technology, which Microsoft claims was licensed between 2003 and 2007.

"We have a responsibility to our customers, partners and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest in bringing innovative software products and services to market," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and general counsel at Microsoft.

When enquired, a spokesman for Motorola said that the company will defend its case vigorously once it receives the copy of the suit.