Microsoft has requested a court in Seattle to ban Kyocera’s DuraForce, Hydro and Brigadier lines of cellular phones in the U.S., alleging that they breached seven Microsoft Patents.
The software giant in its complaint to the U.S District Court for the Western District of Washington charges that Kyocera phone uses some of its features that comes from its use of the Android operating system breaching its patents. Kyocera’s phones bases on the Android operating system, developed by Google Inc. Microsoft holds patent licensing deals with numerous Android handset manufacturers in recent years, which includes Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics and HTC Corp.
In its charge, Microsoft affirmed that some of the features of the Kyocera smartphones infringe patents the software company hold in the areas of power management to enhance the battery life, “self-aware” devices that respond to changes in the user’s environment, text messaging and multi-tasking on a computing device at the same time.
Microsoft insists on a claim for the damages and injuction on the import and sale in the U.S of the Kyocera phones. It has asked for a trial by jury. U.S operators like Verizon and AT&T and retail chains like Walmart and Best Buy offer Kyocera phones into the market.
Microsoft said in its complaint it brought the case to ‘vindicate its rights and to protect its substantial investment in research and development.’ The company and Samsung recently settled a dispute over payment of royalties, but the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
No comment was obtained from Kyocera as they couldn’t be reached.