ITC to take Motorola patent case against Microsoft

By Reuters
Posted Dec. 21, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.

A trade panel that specializes in patent cases has agreed to hear the complaint of Motorola’s subsidiary Motorola Mobility against Microsoft, the panel said on Tuesday.

Motorola Mobility, which makes handsets and is being spun off by Motorola, has accused Microsoft of infringing its patents to make some Xbox video game consoles.

Motorola Mobility has asked for the infringing devices to be barred from importation into the United States.

Motorola Mobility has filed similar lawsuits in district courts in Florida and Wisconsin.

Patent lawsuits are frequently filed with the ITC in order to get infringing products banned from importation and in district courts in order to win damages.

Motorola shares were up 13 cents or 1.5 percent to $9.01 in afternoon New York Stock Exchange trading. Motorola Mobility when-issued shares were up $1.35 or 5.3 percent to $26.95, also on the NYSE. Microsoft shares were up 20 cents or 0.7 percent to $28.01 on Nasdaq.

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