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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Wins Patent Lawsuit

Boston, MA 12/17/2013 (wallstreetpr) – On Monday, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) secured the court’s decision in its favor, after Motorola Mobility LLC lost its appeal to invalidate the former’s patent related to mobile calendar syncing,  which banned the Motorola’s sales of certain devices in the U.S.

The Patent

The patent in question is related to Microsoft’s ActiveSync software and is particularly related to the way calenders sync with computers. Motorola, in its appeal, tried to convince that this technology, being already used by Apple for its Newton Message Pad, is not new. And thus, appealed to lift the ban from its imports into the U.S.

The decision

The U.S. federal appeals court, preceded by three judge, affirms the patent violation by Motorola Mobility and the decision is very much in line with the previous rulings by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning a single Microsoft patent.

Reportedly, ITC had banned the imports of Motorola’s Android based  devices which were alleged to be violating the Microsoft’s patent. However, in July, Microsoft sued  the U.S. government stating that the ban has not been enforced.

Motorola Mobility’s spokesman expressed disappointment over the decision but was oleased with the overall result. He further said that, Microsoft’s lost in eight of its best patents and that its victory in the single patent decision will not hamper the Motorola’s ability to build in future.

What does it mean for Motorola?

After the decision,Motorola Mobility might either have to pay Microsoft to license the technology or it may have to shift to some other alternative technology or could be both. During the ITC courts’ review process,Motorola was required to float a bond of $0.33 per device which means that some of its money is already locked in trust.

Motorola Mobility, which was purchased by the Google back in May 2012, is among few who have been involved into Android related legal battles pushed by Microsoft.

Published by Alan Masterson

Alan has over 25 years of trading experience in the U.S. equity markets. He began his career in finance working on a program trading desk specializing in over-the-counter stocks. His career progressed from that point to his current position as senior trader on an institutional trading desk. In the evenings, Alan teaches economics at a local community college. He has contributed articles to various publications over the last six years, including feature articles for an economics magazine and various financial blogs. You may contact Alan via his email ([email protected]) or his Google+ page (

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