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Microsoft Attempts to Block the Sale of Motorola Android Phones in US

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by Erica Thinesen
, 25 Aug 2011News

Microsoft is attempting to block the sales of Motorola’s Android phones in the United States, as it battles Android through litigation.

According to an article in Bloomberg, the software giant claims that Motorola violated seven of its patents filed with the US International Trade Commission.

The company has asked the ITC to block the import of Motorola devices in the United States including Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip, and Charm.

Motorola, on the other hand, is “vigorously defending” its interests against Microsoft’s patent litigation strategy.

“We have a responsibility to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders to safeguard our intellectual property,” David Howard, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation said via e-mail.

“Motorola is infringing our patents and we are confident that the ITC will rule in our favor,” he added.

Motorola could be acquired by search engine giant Google for $12.6 billion if the deal is approved by regulators. This would bring more than 17,000 patents to Google, allowing it to be in a much better position to defend Android from attacks by Apple, Oracle, and Microsoft.

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