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Microsoft pushes US Customs to enforce phone import ban

Published on Jul 13, 2013 6:23 AM
 
The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest on March 20, 2013. Microsoft Corp, which won a ban last year on importing some phones made by a Google Inc subsidiary, filed a motion in a United States (US) court on Friday asking the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to enforce the measure. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp, which won a ban last year on importing some phones made by a Google Inc subsidiary, filed a motion in a United States (US) court on Friday asking the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to enforce the measure.

The US International Trade Commission, which hears a long list of high-tech patent complaints, said in May 2012 that Google's Motorola Mobility infringed a Microsoft patent for generating and synchronising calendar items. It barred any infringing Motorola Mobility device from being imported into the United States.

All phones with Google's Android software are affected by the ban, Microsoft said. But Google said that it should have applied to only some Motorola Mobility Android phones.

That order was to have gone into effect 60 days after it was issued but, according to Microsoft's court filing, it still has not been enforced.

 
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