MOBILE PHONE MAKER Motorola has walloped Microsoft with a counter-suit in their patents war over the Android OS and other mobile technology.
Motorola accused Microsoft of infringing 16 patents with its Xbox gaming console and in Windows for servers, PCs, and mobile devices, the company said.
This follows Microsoft's second patent-related suit against Motorola filed Tuesday.
All this suing and counter-suing among the mobile phone makers is getting out of hand. What started out as a skirmish about Android is fast forcing much of the IT industry to put its patent cards on the table and demand that others pay up for them. Others involved in this mobile industry mess include Apple, Nokia, HTC, Google and Oracle.
Microsoft accused Motorola of infringing its patents in a lawsuit filed in October. This week its second lawsuit accused Motorola of breaching its contract by overcharging for patents for wireless communication and video decoding technology used in the Xbox.
As usual Motorola has requested that the court force Microsoft to stop using its patented technology and pay Motorola compensation.
According to Motorola, the Vole infringed its patents in Windows OS, digital video coding, e-mail technology including Exchange, Messenger, and Outlook, Windows Live instant messaging and object-oriented software architecture.
In a statement, Motorola issued the customary boilerplate that it is only protecting its own intellectual property and regrets that Microsoft chose to bring its complaint to the courts.
In case you have not seen this sort of public relations language about patent litigation before it goes like this:
"[Insert your company name]'s R&D and intellectual property are of great importance to the Company and are renowned worldwide. We are committed to protecting the interests of our shareholders, customers and other stakeholders and are bringing this action against [insert rival's name] in order to halt its infringement of our key patents.
"[Insert your company name] has invested billions of dollars in R&D to create a deep and broad intellectual property portfolio and we will continue to do what is necessary to protect our proprietary technology.
"It is unfortunate that [insert rival's name] has chosen the litigation path rather than entering into comprehensive licensing negotiations."
We are providing the above as a cut and paste PR statement for other companies that might be considering suing each other for patent infringement, although most of them already appear to be using something similar. µ