ITC Imposes Motorola Smartphone Ban


Washington - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that multiple Motorola smartphones infringe on a Microsoft patent and will be barred from importation to the United States,

Reuters reported


President Obama has 60 days to decide whether to overturn the band.

Microsoft had cited the following phones for infringing on a patent that lets a phone schedule meetings: Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice and the Xoom tablet.

Motorola could decide to pay a license fee, develop a work-around technology, or appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Microsoft originally sued Motorola in 2010, contending Motorola infringed nine patents. Last December, an ITC administrative law judge found that Motorola infringed on only one patent.


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