Microsoft sues Japanese smartphone maker Kyocera Corp

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Microsoft Corp has reportedly sued Japanese smartphone maker Kyocera Corp for alleged patent infringement. Redmond is claiming that Kyocera’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier lines of mobile phones violate seven of its patents.

According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Microsoft is seeking financial damages and an injunction against Kyocera to prevent the company from selling devices that infringe on the company’s patents.

In its lawsuit, the software maker has accused Kyocera of using patented technology related to power-saving, text messaging, battery life, accelerometers, location and motion sensing. The seven patents cited in the suit haven’t previously been used in any of Microsoft’s U.S. patent cases.

“We respect Kyocera but we believe they need to license the patented technology they are using. We’re hopeful this case can be resolved amicably,” said David Howard, a Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, in an official statement.

The case in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington is Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC vs. Kyocera and Kyocera Communications Inc., 15-346.