Microsoft Sues Windows Phone Partner For Patent Infringement

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Kyocera are known for their document solutions, and they are about to receive a document from Microsoft. Redmond has filed a lawsuit against the company for unauthorized use of Android patents.

Reuters notes that the software titan recently filed the legal proceedings at a US District Court, stating that Kyocera infringed on a total of seven Android patents that Microsoft holds — including technologies concerning use of location services and text messaging.

The technology giant has requested the judge to ban the sale of Kyocera Android devices in the United States until a deal is reached, though it still hopes to resolve the case amicably.

According to Microsoft all Kyocera smartphones that are currently on sale across the country are violating these patents, generating revenue without royalties.

Interestingly, Kyocera is one of the companies with plans to join the Windows Phone party.

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The company showcased a prototype Windows Phone device at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, suggesting that it could start selling it worldwide soon. The midrange handset was powered by Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2.

A 4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core Krait CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera.

Standard midrange stuff, so to speak.

Remains to be seen how Microsoft and Kyocera settle this dispute, and whether the Japanese technology company actually releases this Windows Phone handset now.

One to watch.

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