Legal battles over intellectual properties are nothing new but it sure seems they have increased over the past eight years since the release of the smartphone. The latest legal scuffle involves mobile phones yet again as Microsoft sues Kyocera for infringing on seven of its patents. In question are Kyocera’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phones which Microsoft says infringe on location services and text messaging patents, among others.
“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,” said Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard in a statement.
Microsoft has already come to terms with other mobile makers over patents they hold, including Samsung and HTC. While it doesn’t seem Kyocera would be a huge player in the overall picture, Microsoft feels it important to protect its patents and property on all levels. This case is marked in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington as Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC vs. Kyocera and Kyocera Communications Inc., 15-346. What do you think of the latest patent lawsuit in mobile? Do you think the industry would be better off without such lawsuits? Or are they important? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
feature image courtesy KyoceraSource: Reuters