International Trade Commission has banned Motorola Mobility’s android powered Smartphone import in the United States for violating Microsoft patents.
Software colossus filled the complaint against Motorola Mobility and ITC issued the ban on Friday. The ban will come into effect from late July, if US president Barak Obama doesn’t overturn the decision issued by ITC.
The ruling means that now Motorola Mobility will have to take license of Microsoft’s two patents before using them in its Smartphones. Motorola Mobility Android powered Smartphones are using RAZR and Droid 4S patented to Microsoft.
The ITC ruling
International Trade Commission in its written decision said that the commission has issued prohibiting order to Motorola Mobility for patent infringement and has terminated the investigation.
ITC in a written decision said, “The Commission has issued a limited exclusion order directed to the infringing products of Motorola and has terminated the investigation.”
Reactions after the ruling
Microsoft looked pleased in the statement issued after the ruling and is hopeful that Motorola will join the other Android Smartphone makers in United States who are using licenses of its patents.
In a statement Microsoft said, “We are pleased with the ITC decision and hoped that Motorola will join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the US by taking a license to our patents.”
Motorola however, was disappointed after the ruling and in the release said that the company is looking forward for reading the full statement issued by ITC. Motorola said the company is exploring all the options available to them and it also includes appealing against the decision.
Motorola about the ruling said, “Although we are disappointed by the Commission's ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning. We will explore all options, including appeal.”