/// How Will Motorola Mobility Avoid ITC Smartphone Ban?

July 18, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Motorola Mobility isn’t too worried about the U.S. International Trade Commission import ban on many of its mobile devices, which begins Wednesday. The company says it has developed a workaround for the infringed Microsoft patent for which the ban was granted, and claims its products will remain on the market. “Motorola has taken proactive measures to ensure that our industry-leading smartphones remain available to consumers in the U.S.,” Motorola said in a statement to AllThingsD . “We respect the value of intellectual property and expect other companies to do the same.” Motorola, now a unit of Google, declined to provide further detail on those measures. But it’s not difficult to deduce what they might be. In order to win clearance for its products from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Motorola must be able to guarantee that there is no continuing infringement under the ITC’s interpretation of the Microsoft ActiveSync patent that’s cause for the ban . That patent describes an ActiveSync feature which allows calendar meeting requests to be generated by a smartphone and synced across other devices via ActiveSync-enabled servers. And there are two ways of getting around it: 1) replace it with a non-infringing alternative that provides the same functionarly; 2) Remove it outright. Now, as best I can tell, there isn’t really a way to provide the functionality that ActiveSync enables without infringing Microsoft’s patent. That’s why Apple, Google, Nokia and others license it

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