Lawsuits are fun and if anyone knows that, it's the smartphone industry. This week we have Microsoft filing suit against Motorola for patent infringement. They are claiming 9 patents are infringed through Motorola's implementation of Android on their current line of smartphones.
Motorola and Microsoft were partners for many years, with Motorola making many second-tier Windows Mobile handsets, like the Motorola Q series. Motorola's love with WinMo has waned in recent years and their focus has shifted to second-tier Android phones instead.
Hit the break for more on the lawsuit.
With Microsoft releasing a new version of their mobile operating system in a mere month and the software having been released to manufacturers already, it seems like an odd move to sue one of the companies you would theoretically be pursuing as a builder of your phones.
Normally we see lawsuits between true competitors (Nokia vs Apple, Apple vs HTC, Oracle vs Google/Android) but for Microsoft to take on someone that they should be wooing is a strange move. I guess we won't be seeing any new WinPho7 Motorola handsets anytime soon.