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Last week I explained that Microsoft believes software patents are too strictly enforced -- a ploy to try to get out of a patent judgment won by i4i.

This week brings the news that Microsoft is trying to strictly enforce a patent against Motorola's implementation of the mobile Android operating system, perhaps as a ploy to clear more room for the imminent release of Windows Phone 7.

In this case, Redmond believes nine patents have been violated, and include scheduling, syncing of mail, contacts, calendars and letting users know, through their apps, when power is being taxed.

Dang, these seem like pretty basic functions to me!

Recently Microsoft got some patent coin from Android supporter HTC, so it makes sense, I guess, to go back to the well.

Should these patents be strictly enforced through the courts, yay or nay? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/04/2010 at 1:18 PM


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