Tomahawk, WI 12/19/2013 (BasicsMedia) – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the world’s largest software company, a prestigious position that is now coming under increasing pressure. The company is trying to retain its top position by protecting its technologies and going after people that it considers violators of its patents. The latest victim in this fight is Motorola Mobility.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) develops software used in phones and computers. It also manufactures games consoles. It is also into tablets business and recently it bought the mobile division of Nokia Corporation which is expected to give it a head-start in smartphone manufacturing industry.

The company sued Motorola over patent violation. The patent issue is related to a mobile calendar technology. The technology is used in certain Motorola devices and it also reportedly feature in certain Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices.  MSFT is seeking to ban sale of the specific Motorola phones which violate its patent in the U.S. But Motorola has been trying to challenge this position.

Court decision

This patent dispute first came up before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The commission ruled in favor of MSFT after finding Motorola Mobility in violation of the said patent. However, Motor appealed the decision and the matter moved to the U.S. court. The court heard the case and issued a ruling on Dec. 16, by upholding the decision of ITC.

Motorola tried to argue that there was no clarity in the patent violation given that the said technology was already being used by other mobile OEM.

Following this court ruling, Motorola Mobility risks a ban in the U.S. market for its mobile phones which feature the disputed technology. It however has certain options to deal with the problem. It can settle the matter with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by paying for the license to use the said technology. It can also choose to adopt an alternative technology for its devices for sale in the U.S.

Looking at the two options, licensing the patent from MSFT will save Motorola a lot of losses and time to develop a totally new technology for use in its mobile devices.

More problems

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may have won the patent case against Motorola Mobility, but there are more problems which the company still faces. Besides patent protection, the company is also fighting to protect its human resource. Just this week, it is reported that a very talent engineer has left MSFT for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). This is a big blow to the company as it comes when the company was just starting to consolidate its resources including personnel to fight the growing competition in the market.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is considered a pool of talents and Google has often raided this base to improve its platform. Loss of a high ranking engineer is likely to scuttle a lot of projects in the pipeline for the Redmond-based company.

CEO selection

This year has been a year of many activities for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The company just concluded an acquisition deal valued at $.2 billion with Nokia. It has also taken over several startups and announced adjustments in its operations to take effect next year. The company is also currently in the process of selecting a new CEO. This process is expected to conclude early next year.

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