Motorola DROID X rear

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.

Via The Verge, Ars Technica

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Cameron Lovell
Cameron Lovell YESSSS ITS SO DUMB!!1
Bernie Fen
Bernie Fen VERY!.. fockin' aye man.... can't we all just get along lol
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers @james Even though google personally has not bashed apple...they are using the manufacturers and cellphone companies to do that type of propaganda...Samsung, Motrola, HTC, T-Mobile, Verizon...you never seen them pit the Samsung S3 vs a HTC One-X in the commercials...its always a iphone4 or 4S the PC and MAC war was what...10 years ago??? and both did it...not like now...
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers @jacob its my point were a posted it previously on this question...if i look at this at a consumer standpoint...yes...its annoying...from a buisness side...no....unfortunately to all...apple created the smartphone back as of 2007 when the itouch made its way to the consumer...and by that time...did all the patents for it...and lots of the things were though of since then...google/HTC came out with the G1 in late 2008...advantage goes to Apple...Microsoft made PDA's since way before...so yeah..they have the right to own the patent...if not you would have all these pirate companies cloning and flooding the market with bad products...however there are laws that prohibit Apple from monopolizing the smartphone industry...but that means that google has to do one of 3 things: 1)purchase that patent and then they are in charge of that specific patent...2) pay a fee for that patent so they can use it...and NOT affect the consumer...or 3) change the feature so it doesn't infridge...yet they choose to let it get banned...
Timothy Michael Spease Sr
Timothy Michael Spease Sr Yes apple needs to quit being so dam greedy. It just shows that they are threatened by android taking over as it is so much better than the iOS operating system. Don't get me wrong iOS is good just not as good as android.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez No don't do the crime if u can't do the time !!
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles @ Rodger myers they ask are you sick of patent wars and most of us are answering that question. Yes I'm sick of apple being a bully if it were about business than they would just take a % out of every android sold like Microsoft but there goal is to ban all android phones which is ridiculous .
Hakim MN
Hakim MN apple sued samsung but use chip from samsung.apple sue google but use google browser. Who wrong now?
Xingchi Ding
Xingchi Ding Being honest, It has nothing to do with users, All of them keep using and using others anyway, u really can't buy anything? At all? It is not like your company. The real problem is it has nothing to do with you, stop judging like u own the dam companies.
Jose Santos
Jose Santos apple is so retarded
James Daniels
James Daniels @Rodger.... Uh exactly what commercial have you ever seen GOOGLE bash anyone???? In fact how many GOOGLE commercials have you ever even seen???? Think you really need to get your facts straight.... There's a huge difference between GOOGLE and manufactures that use the Android OS..... As for Apple they've made plenty of commercials bashing other products... like say Mac VS PC.....? Where the hell do you people come up with this stuff......
Manh Nguyen
Manh Nguyen When in doubt, sue it out! – APPLE
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers Google/Android isnt exactly innocent...right now they are possibly facing heavy fines in All of Europe due to Patent and Copyright infringements..instead of Google paying the patents they wanna fight it saying it stops innovation...as true as it might be...doesnt give them the right to parasite the idea and then put commercials that bash the competition...you never see Apple making a ad about bashing android...or the manufacturers...this is a clear karma case of he who laughs last laughs best...
Rob Watkins
Rob Watkins Yes I am
Carl Joseph Bialorucki
Carl Joseph Bialorucki Thanks Microsoft for the karma, hope it hurts google even in the slightest
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Motorola didn't come up with anything stupid like Apple did AKA "The new iPad"
Teron Facey
Teron Facey Yes. Mostly on Apple part they started this whole BS "patent" crap what Patents do Apple have or Technology?? If Jobs was alive god rest his soul none of this crap would be happening.
Roger Ford
Roger Ford Like really good ole Motorola / google since they now own them should have paid for the rights to MS for active sync technology then I guess there would not be a problem as MS has no problems with it along as you pay for the right to use said technology so that bring said nothing in this world is FREE !! So it has nothing to do with apple or anything they are doing get real am that is the facts !
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes If someone makes a better product then apple then apple should keep innovating to make theirs number one, and compete with the rest. Same with all the other manufactures.
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes If a company makes something then it should work better then copy's , so why does it matter. People will pay for the one that works better. I've seen a knock off iPhone. It was crap lol. And Nick offs of other phones even androids. But like I said before their crap.
Ayoub Hage
Ayoub Hage There like kids in a park these tech company's
Sean MacNabb
Sean MacNabb and before we chastise apple, lets remember that apple is also being sued by the likes of motorola, nokia, kodak, htc, and samsung. let's also remember, these injunctions wouldnt be issued if they didnt have merit.
Sean MacNabb
Sean MacNabb while i think some of these cases are getting ridiculous, i cant agree with you devin wolfe. a company should NOT be able to sell whatever it wants. patents, and patent laws, are very important to the way business is done. companies spend thousands, millions, even billions on R&D. once a product is done, it wouldnt be fair for another company to make ea carbon copy and sell that product, not having had spent any money to develop it.
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers lol its Microsoft that injunctioned Motorola..not apple...read first please
Rohit Sakhrani
Rohit Sakhrani Yes
Kelly Tanaka
Kelly Tanaka Yes,Yes,Yes.
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz let me patent something
Devin Wolfe
Devin Wolfe i call this bullshit a company should have the right to sell where ever it wants
Jeradiah R Williams
Jeradiah R Williams hell yeah. This is BS
Johnathan Alvarez
Johnathan Alvarez Yes, Apple should stop suing everyone, they lost a fan (me). Google gained a new fan (me).
Coley Dayton
Coley Dayton Whatever happened to the fair trade act?
Ivan Aleman
Ivan Aleman asi es
Jacob Bessey
Jacob Bessey Yep
Hendrick Equis M
Hendrick Equis M yes

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