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Microsoft asks for ban of Motorola's smartphones

By Shawn Knight · 27 replies
Aug 23, 2011
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  1. Microsoft is presenting a case before the International Trade Commission (ITC) in which they claim Motorola Mobility is using technology in their Android-based smartphones that was derived from Microsoft products.…

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  2. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track of all the lawsuits these days?? Geeeeez. It's a bit ironic that MS is suing after the Google buyout hit the news though.
  3. At the end of the day, it is customers that end up paying for all of this bullshit. Until we can find a cure to rid the world of lawyers we will continue to be shat on from upon high.

    Arseholes suing Knobheads at the publics expense, time for a revolution.
  4. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    You can rest assured that the cost of all this legal activity is passed on to the consumer. Seems like a large percentage of corpoarations are now investing more in their legal departments than R&D.
  5. Its a real shame, just imagine if all the money spent on law suites and "damages" actually went into R&D. I bet these wankers have put us back in technology at least 15 years.
  6. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 472   +83

    When a tech company hires lawyers instead of engineers, it's the first sign that company is doomed.bye bye Sony, bye bye Microsoft, never wish to see you again Apple!
  7. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Agreed. And now MS is acting like Apple...
  8. The most amazing thing is that Microsoft tries positioning itself as an innovator? Since when? Astonishing hypocrisy!
  9. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    I'm just waiting for Linux to become a truly viable alternative to Windows and Mac for music production. It already technically is for audio-only folks -- but if you want to run a synth production station on a Linux platform, you still have to jump through some pretty giant hoops to make it happen.

    But maybe by the time that Windows 8 hits the market, about the time when I'm hoping to say goodbye to MS myself, maybe the latest Linux distro will be ready. We shall see...
  10. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 456   +213

    I love windows but I ****ing hate M$
  11. Microsoft spent 25 years and failed to create ONE reliable operating system.
  12. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Way to stoop down to Apple's level, Microsoft
  13. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    I can smell the fear seeping from Microsoft halfway across the globe.
  14. command and conquer__^ conquest of patents!!
  15. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I think they were just feeling left out.
  16. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 838   +32

    Meh, depends on who you talk to. I have found Win7 to be VERY reliable. No freezes, no BSODS, no viruses slipping through MSE.

    But to get back on the topic, it has amazed me how many lawsuits have come up this year between the tech companies. It seems like every month it's something new. If I ran a company and found out a competitor was using some of my patents, I would say "hey, pay for the use of that technology or stop using it. Not only does that not make me look like an a$$, but it also means more revenue in my pocket every month. Just give me a certain percentage of the sales of that particular device and I'll leave ya alone.
  17. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I find windows in general pretty reliable, its not perfect but its good enough

    Dont understand all the MS hate right now, tatical lawsuits aint exactly anything new
  18. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I think its more "name and shame" type situation, in so that a company can let the pubic know that the other company stole their idea. I'm guessing there is more money to be made from lawsuits then profit sharing, plus companies pay ridiculous amounts of money to lawyers, so they gotta feel like they are getting their money's worth, idk i'm just guessing.
  19. supportme

    supportme TS Rookie Posts: 31

  20. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I can see in five years or so a couple of guys in dark suits are going to knock on your door and ask you to turn over some phone or tablet because of some kind of retroactive ban that just got passed.
  21. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 600   +169

    Are that many Droid 2s and Xs being imported? These are great phones, but last year's models now.
  22. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Everybody's suing everybody be cause of this patents

    Firm 1: Hey you stole my code. Pay me for Damages.

    Firm 2: Ok, but first let me bleed my customers to dry so I can generate enough dough to pay you.

    Lawyer Firm 1 to Lawyer Firm 2: I love these corporations suing each other, Let them sue each other till they're all broke.

    Lawyer Firm 2 to Lawyer Firm 1: Cheers. Milking cows for life.
  23. Scott8090

    Scott8090 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Ok thats funny as heck. I do disagree with the lawyers inteligence levels though. So many lawyers around they out number annoying nats in florida.

    This isn't the first pentent case ms did this year. I remember they sued some person out of the us for a generic controller 360.

    Also who ever commented about a junk lot of cases, I totally agree.
  24. It should be noted that Motorola is infringing upon a MS patent that "including ways to synchronize e- mail, calendars and contacts; schedule meetings;" ala Activesync/Microsoft Outlook.

    Everyone else pays the license fee except Motorola/Google.

    If you want to play with the bigboys (enter smartphone market), you have to pay.
    Microsoft & Apple did the same when they entered the smartphone market. Why should Google get a free pass?
  25. Microsoft: Our phones aren't selling very well. It looks like Android/Google will make further progress with the Motorola purchase. Hmmm, lets sue them, that should slow things down a little bit.

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