More patent threats to the Android smart-phone platform, from Inside Counsel:
Mobile-device patent disputes heat up
Upcoming cases could throw a wrench in Google and HP’s plansAugust 22, 2011 By Ashley Post
As the lucrative smartphone market continues to grow, technology companies are paying close attention to upcoming cases concerning mobile-device patents.Today, the International Trade Commission (ITC) will hear a case in which Microsoft Corp. alleges that Motorola Inc.’s smartphones, which operate on Google Inc.’s Android operating system, infringe Microsoft patents. A decision in favor of Microsoft could block imports of Motorola phones running Android.
The ITC’s ruling is particularly important to Google, which last week agreed to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola. The acquisition will allow Google to obtain a group of patents that will help deter litigation against its Android system.