Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Oct 2010 21:08 UTC
General Development Anyone who did not see this one coming after Microsoft's patent deal with HTC and Apple's meticulousness in avoiding Windows Mobile in its suit against HTC hasn't been paying attention. Microsoft has filed a patent complaint with the US International Trade Commission, as well as a patent lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola over its Android-based devices.
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RE: ???
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sat 2nd Oct 2010 14:05 UTC in reply to "???"
Fettarme H-Milch
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2010-02-16

Apple leaves Moto alone

Maybe Apple and Motorola have I cross-licensing deal I'm not aware of. Back in the pre-Intel Mac days, Motorola provided a large chunk of Apple's CPU requirements. And since Apple was also part of the consortium responsible for the PowerPC architecture, both companies might have signed a cross-licensing deal that's still in effect and now covers smart phones as a byproduct.

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RE[2]: ???
by DeadFishMan on Sat 2nd Oct 2010 21:22 in reply to "RE: ???"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

"Apple leaves Moto alone

Maybe Apple and Motorola have I cross-licensing deal I'm not aware of. Back in the pre-Intel Mac days, Motorola provided a large chunk of Apple's CPU requirements. And since Apple was also part of the consortium responsible for the PowerPC architecture, both companies might have signed a cross-licensing deal that's still in effect and now covers smart phones as a byproduct.
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It is probably much simpler than that. Motorola, unlike HTC, has been on the cell phone business since forever (day one?) and perhaps, together with Nokia, it probably has the biggest bunch of mobile telephony-related patents ever which makes them a force to be reckoned with.

That makes such lawsuit appear even more puzzling because, if I were Motorola, I'd counter sue - as in, it must be impossible for MS to *NOT* have crossed *some* underlying patent when developing their phone stuff - to either kill MS' phone business entirely
or force them into a friendly settlement.

That would also have the nice side effect that it would tell Apple to stay put or to risk have its biggest cash cow pulled from under their feet at a whim.

That would send a nice message to those litigant assholes over Redmond and Cupertino.

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