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Microsoft Sues U.S. Customs for Failed Google Phone Ban

Microsoft Corp. accused U.S. Customs officials of refusing to follow a trade agency’s order to block imports of phones made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility unit in a lawsuit that seeks to alter how such cases are handled.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington issued the import ban in May 2012 after deciding that Motorola Mobility devices infringed a Microsoft patent for a way mobile phones synchronize calendar events with other computers. Microsoft’s lawsuit, filed yesterday in Washington, says that order isn’t being enforced.