Mobile-device patent disputes heat up

Upcoming cases could throw a wrench in Google and HP’s plans

As the lucrative smartphone market continues to grow, technology companies are paying close attention to upcoming cases concerning mobile-device patents.

Today, the International Trade Commission (ITC) will hear a case in which Microsoft Corp. alleges that Motorola Inc.’s smartphones, which operate on Google Inc.’s Android operating system, infringe Microsoft patents. A decision in favor of Microsoft could block imports of Motorola phones running Android.

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