ITC Makes a Moto/Microsoft Ruling

Some of Motorola Mobility LLC 's Android devices infringe on one Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) patent, according to a prelimiary ruling issued Tuesday by one U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) judge.

The good news for Moto is that it doesn't infringe on six other patents that Microsoft was suing over.

Tuesday's finding will be forwarded for a full review. The USITC is expected to make a decision by April 20.

Why this matters
Recall that the suit was filed at about the time Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) made its offer to acquire Motorola Mobility. So, before Google closed the deal, Microsoft took its best swing and did score one hit: The judge ruled Moto is infringing on U.S. patent No. 6,370,566, which involves a way for mobile devices to schedule meetings.

Microsoft is requesting that infringing phones be barred from being imported into the United States, so even one patent being infringed could cause some trouble. Motorola's release implies that the company will look for a way to work around the '566 patent.

Motorola's release also reminds us that Moto has sued Microsoft for patent infringement.

For more
Some specifics about the case and some commentary about Google's pending acquisition:

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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