Last month we reported that Tivanka Ellawala, Chief Financial Officer of the Mobile Communications Division at Microsoft was attacking the Android system from Google. The latter had declared against all appearance, Android is not free. “It violates several patents, and so there is a cost associated with that.”
We under-heard it was then disguised threats and will eventually took the firm to Steve Ballmer a few days to complete the legal formalities. Indeed, in an official statement, Microsoft announced that it filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer Motorola. The latter breached 9 patents in its Android devices. This would be “essential technologies for the smartphone user interface” and in particular to synchronize e-mails, calendars, contacts, and manage meetings. The complainant states that notifications of devices for network quality or battery status also violate intellectual property rights.
The complaint seems to be about all the manufacturer’s Android smartphones, that is to say, the Milestone, Flipout and the BackFlip in France. The question is whether similar initiatives will be taken against the other Google partners. Last February Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-director, had declared “open to the idea” to embark on its Windows Phone 7 phones. However, unlike LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson or HTC, Motorola was no signed unveiled device, if only unofficially. One imagines that this complaint could undermine any US manufacturer projects in this field.
This is not the first time that Android is at the heart of a controversy for intellectual property infringement. This was Oracle took aim directly at Google for Android implanted within its Java-related technologies. Specializing in the geo-location company Skyhook also filed a complaint with the Superior Court of the State of Massachusetts for infringement of four patents.