Microsoft sues Kyocera in patent spat

Microsoft sues Kyocera in patent spat

10 MAR 2015

Microsoft is reported to have asked a US court to ban a number of devices from manufacturer Kyocera, alleging that they infringe a number of the computing giant’s patents.

According to Reuters, Microsoft has said that devices in the Japanese company’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier lines violate seven of its patents. This includes location services and text messaging technology.

“We respect Kyocera but we believe they need to license the patented technology they are using,” David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, said in a statement.

The devices involved in the case run Android, and Microsoft has previously licensed its technology to a number of companies using the Google platform.

According to specialist website FOSS Patents, this is the third case involving Microsoft and Android to reach the courts, following a spat with Motorola (still ongoing) and a suit involving Barnes & Noble (settled prior to a formal ruling).

Microsoft is taking action in the US courts because Kyocera sells devices to T-Mobile US, among others.


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