Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Microsoft’s $2 billion per year money making patent is survived

Motorola failed to invalidate a Microsoft’s patent that Microsoft licensed it to more than 80% of Android smartphones sold in the U.S. and generated $2 billion per year revenue.  Recently, the CAFC confirmed the ITC’s determination that Microsoft’s US6370566 is valid and Motorola’s Android smartphones infringe it.

The patent at issue is US6370566 (Generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device). It relates to generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device by providing the user with the ability to schedule a meeting request from the mobile device itself. It covers Microsoft’s ActiveSync software to synchronize calendars among computers. It is a part of patents (US5664133; US5758352 (Recently, the Federal Patent Court of Germany invalidated EP0618540 that its US version, US5758352, is also invalidate by the ITC); US6370566; US6578054; US6826762; US6909910; US7644376) that the licensing of the patents to Android smartphone OEMs including Samsung, LG, HTC might generated $2 billion per year royalty revenue (ref. http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-earns-2-billion-per-year-from-android-patent-royalties-2013-11).

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