Motorola devices to face import ban tomorrow, but the company has plan to keep them availableAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Remember that International Trade Ruling commission from back in May in which Motorola was hit with an import ban on several of its Android devices? The ban was subject to a 60-day Presidential review that ends tomorrow, and since there was no move to stop the ban during that review, it'll be going into effect tomorrow. The patent that led to the implementation of the ban is related Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync and "generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device." The devices that've been named as part of this scuffle include products like the Atrix, Backflip, Cliq, Devour, DROID X2 and XOOM, though a Microsoft rep notes that the ITC's order covers all infringing devices through the patent's expiration in April 2018.
So now that the import ban is set to kick in tomorrow, just what is Motorola going to do? Apparently it's got something up its sleeve, telling Ars Technica that it's "taken proactive measures" to make sure its handsets continue to be available to the public. There are a few routes that Motorola could take in order to get around this import ban, such as signing up for a licensing deal with Microsoft like we've seen other companies do or it issuing an update to remove the feature in question. There's also the chance that Motorola's got enough stock of the offending devices saved up that it needn't worry about an import ban. Considering the breadth of options available to Moto, and the fact that the company hasn't shared any details of its plans, it'll definitely be interesting to see what it ultimately does. Keep it locked to the site and we'll fill you in with more details as we get 'em.