US Trade Commission Bans Import of Motorola's Popular Droid And Blur Smartphones To The United States
The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Motorola can not import it's popular Droid and Blur smartphones that use the Android operating system, siding with Microsoft who accused Motorola Mobility of violating patents.
The ruling covers 18 Motorola devices in all, and must now either pay Microsoft 33 cents for each device or stop all imports within 60 days. The only other remedy is for Motorola to alter the software used on the smartphone.
"Although we are disappointed by the commission’s ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning," Motorola Mobility said in a statement. "We will explore all options including appeal."
The ban affects Motorola's Blur devices as well as Google Experience mobile devices, a Microsoft spokeswoman told Bloomberg News.
The decision goes back to a 2010 complaint filed by Microsoft claiming that Motorola violated nine of its patents, according to PCMag.
“We hope that now Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the U.S. by taking a license to our patents,” Microsoft said in a statement
If Motorola ends up paying the 33 cents per device, that amounts to about $8.5 million per year.