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Microsoft sues Motorola over Android phones

Microsoft sues Motorola over Android phones

Phone giant Motorola is gearing up for a legal battle today, with the news that it is being sued for alleged patent infringement by Microsoft.

According to Microsoft, Moto’s Android phones illegally ape a number of functions of its handsets, including "synchronising email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power".

Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel in charge of Microsoft's intellectual property, stated: "Our action today merely seeks to ensure respect for our intellectual property rights infringed by Android devices.

"Judging by the recent actions by Apple and Oracle, we are not alone in this respect."

News of the action comes as Microsoft is preparing for the high-profile launch of its smartphone platform Windows Phone 7 on October 11th.

Regarded as make or break for Microsoft, the operating system’s key selling points are a clean, modern user interface, smooth social networking and cross platform gaming with XBOX 360.

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