Here we go again. Nothing new here. With all of the competition on the market these days, it is very easy to use another idea or implement patent infringement. In this case, I believe that Microsoft knew what they were during. If they go to court, Microsoft has the money to pay off their legal expenses. This is nothing new. We call it accepting the risk.
Unfortunately, paying lawyers fat salaries that morph 100 engineers have been sustained by these tech firms in these lawsuits. One lawyer gets paid millions while engineers are fired. I wish people learn that these lawsuits are not that helpful. Everyone violates because the people that invented these stuffs died very poor. Pay Pythagoras for his theorem and we may be bankrupt.
Such (trivial, if report finding is the complete story) patents stifle innovation.Moreover such actions cost $$$$; wouldn't it be better to invest the $$$$ wisely (no doubt some will say M$ have $$$$ to throw away).
Lets put the toys back in the pram.....
Even Motorola can't hide from the eye of Sauron. Obviously they need to make getting software patents a high priority so they have something to fight back with. Not that software patents are socially acceptable.
Yes, I accept your way of thinking, but these things are very usual in most of the applications. What I think is the patents should be of core things and researches. I appreciate the patents of WinXP, Windows Mobile, File System etc. But tiny stuff should be spared. Still the world goes like that. So will have to accepts the patents rules.
Motorola should be sued if they have copied the stuff.
The MS patents and this suit are all about software apps that run under Android, but of course they are suing the maker of the handset that runs Android and the apps. Why are they not suing Google or the authors of the Apps?
We dont know what exactly the patents are. Applications like Synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meeting, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power are used in other smart phones also, but how is this motorolas apps are different from the others ? We cant comments until we get familiarised with what exactly the patents are.
This just shows that M$ is really worried over Android and since Moto moved to predominantly support Andrroid they are pissed off and want to teach moto a lessor or two.
The technology they are alleging is infringed upon is so run off the mill and silly, does MS run out of ideas and is it's monstrous labs doing nothing but paperwork?
Too late M$ windows mobile is walking to the grave, think some thing else.
The whole patent system is broke in my opinion. I agree Selinz, Microsoft must be using this as a pressure point on Motorola following some kind of dispute on Window Mobile support on Motorola's smartphones. I thought patents were devised to protect inventors' rights and encourage creativity, not as weapons for big corporations' economic gains.