Motorola Mobility has kicked off efforts to avoid a US sales ban of its smartphones that were found to have infringed upon Microsoft's patents.
Motorola Mobility said in a statement that a US sales ban on smartphones found to have infringed upon Microsoft's ActiveSync patents will not go into effect. The company claimed it is taking the necessary steps to avoid the sales ban and continue selling its headsets in the US.
"Motorola has taken proactive measures to ensure that our industry leading smartphones remain available to consumers in the U.S," Motorola Mobility said in a statement to V3.
"We respect the value of intellectual property and expect other companies to do the same."
Late last year, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Motorola Mobility infringed upon patented technology found in Microsoft's ActiveSync application. ActiveSync is a mobile scheduling tool that allows users to schedule events on their smartphone.
At the time the ITC ruled that smartphones such as the Droid 2 and Xoom tablets would be banned from the US unless proper steps were taken to correct the infringement.
Motorola Mobility hasn't disclosed what its doing to circumvent the ban, but it seems unlikely that the headset maker will license the Microsoft ActiveSync patent. The two companies were unable to come to a licensing settlement late last month.
Google completed its purchase of Motorola Mobility earlier this year. The company's purchase was said to be significantly motivated by the chance to own the many Motorola Mobility patents currently in use.
Google, Motorola and Microsoft have been dealing with global patent lawsuits for the past year. Google recently won a copyright case against Oracle who claimed that the company's Android OS infringed on Java code patents. Motorola also recently won a German case against Apple over the design of its Motorola Xoom tablet.
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