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Microsoft asks for Kyocera phone ban

by on09 March 2015

Knock, Nokia on heaven's door

Microsoft has asked a court in Seattle to ban Kyocera’s DuraForce, Hydro and Brigadier lines of cellular phones.

The software giant claims that that they infringed seven Microsoft patents. Some Kyocera phone features that come from its use of the Android operating system infringe its patents.

Microsoft has previously claimed that Android infringes some of its patents, and offered a licensing program to vendors of handsets running the operating system.

So far Samsung, HTC, ZTE, LG Electronics and Hon Hai have all paid up to make Microsoft laywers go away. 

In its complaint, Microsoft alleged that some of the features of the Kyocera smartphones infringe patents the software company holds in the areas of power management for enhanced battery life, “self-aware” devices that respond to changes in the user’s surroundings, text messaging and doing multiple tasks on a computing device at the same time.

The Kyocera phones are offered in the US through operators like Verizon and AT&T and retail chains like Walmart and Best Buy.


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