How Will Google Circumvent DANGEROUS Import Ban?

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) intends to circumvent an import ban imposed on some of its Motorola devices in the U.S., but has refused to disclose details as to how. The International Trade Commission imposed the restrictions after ruling that Google had infringed one of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) patents.

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Google said it had taken “proactive measures” to sidestep problems with the disputed technology, which allows users to synchronize calendar entries across different devices, but did not elaborate. Microsoft was granted a patent for the technology in 2002 and uses it to power its Activesync software. Motorola previously paid Microsoft to use the Activesync software from 2003 through 2007, but refused to renew the contract. According to Microsoft, Motorola continued to use the technology after the contract expired.

While Google may be keeping mum on how it will skirt the ban, Microsoft confirmed that the matter had not been resolved by Google agreeing to sign a new licensing deal. It’s widely believed that Google will update Android so as to remove the sync function from devices named in the lawsuit, including its Droid X2 handset and Xoom tablet.

If Google’s work-around, whatever it may be, does not satisfy authorities, the infringing Motorola devices could be blocked by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

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