Law suits over patent infringement have become pretty talked about these days. Lining up another one, Microsoft has now sued (via Reuters) Japanese company Kyocera for violation of patent rights in its cellphones.
While we have heard more of Kyocera for the cameras it makes, the suit is pertaining to its nascent and very limited cellphone manufacturing division.
Microsoft has accused that the Japanese company’s Android-powered Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven of the Redmond giant’s patents. Kyocera wasn’t immediately available for a statement.
Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard in a statement,
We respect Kyocera but we believe they need to license the patented technology they are using. We’re hopeful this case can be resolved amicably
Kyocera, which powers its phones via Google’s Android OS may just be the first of probably other patent violation cases Microsoft is starting. This is because the Redmond giant has been tying up patent licensing deals from numerous android-based smartphone vendors, which also includes the likes of Samsung.
Microsoft has asked a Federal Judge at Seattle’s District court, to impose an injunction so as to bar Kyocera’s cellphones in question, from selling into the U.S.