Take the natural progression of mobile device software, add in some overpriced corporate law types and a very big and very popular target, and you get a new round of patent lawsuits! This time around it's Microsoft v. Moto, at least on the surface. The suit (we have the full filing after the break) focuses on Motorola's Android devices (of course) and specifically names the Droid 2 in several of its nine claims of infringement.
Here's the full statement from Microsoft, with the meat in bold:
“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.
We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones.”
I'm not a lawyer, nor do I claim to be, but even I can fix this one. Moto -- make a few Windows Phone 7 handsets so Microsoft doesn't feel like the ugly girl on prom night, sign Redmond's papers and settle for very little financial loss, and be done with it. Worked for HTC! But please, be sure to lock the bootloader and change the OS so that Google is the default search engine for us m'kay? Hit the break to read the whole 243 pages of legalese. [Microsoft, CNet]
Update: Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez blogs about it here.