Remember last month, when Microsoft filed a patent infringement action that complained about Motorola's Android-based devices?
It's probably no surprise to hear that Motorola Mobility (Motorola's mobile-focussed business unit) has now filed complaints against Microsoft. It claims sixteen patents have been infringed, covering a wide range of products from Windows mobile software to PCs, servers and the Xbox.
Kirk Dailey, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola Mobility, said "Motorola'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 Microsoft in order to halt its infringement of key Motorola patents. Motorola 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."
He also acknowledged Microsoft's patent infringement litigation, saying "It is unfortunate that Microsoft has chosen the litigation path rather than entering into comprehensive licensing negotiations, as Motorola has mutually beneficial licensing relationships with the great majority of technology companies industry-wide."