ITC to take Motorola patent case against Microsoft

WASHINGTON Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:39pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trade panel that specializes in patent cases has agreed to hear the complaint of Motorola Inc's MOT.N subsidiary Motorola Mobility against Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), the panel said on Tuesday.

Motorola Mobility MMI_w.N, which makes handsets and is being spun off by Motorola, has accused Microsoft of infringing its patents to make some Xbox video game consoles.

Motorola Mobility has asked for the infringing devices to be barred from importation into the United States.

Motorola Mobility has filed similar lawsuits in district courts in Florida and Wisconsin.

Patent lawsuits are frequently filed with the ITC in order to get infringing products banned from importation and in district courts in order to win damages.

Motorola shares were up 13 cents or 1.5 percent to $9.01 in afternoon New York Stock Exchange trading. Motorola Mobility when-issued shares were up $1.35 or 5.3 percent to $26.95, also on the NYSE. Microsoft shares were up 20 cents or 0.7 percent to $28.01 on Nasdaq.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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