"Google today launched Google Sync, a service that allows people to easily move and synchronize contacts and calendar items between devices. The company is licensing patents from Microsoft "covering Google's implementation of the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol on Google servers," according to a Microsoft statement. Google Sync appears to compete directly with Microsoft's just-announced My Phone service. […] Microsoft has licensed the Exchange ActiveSync protocol to several other mobile communications players, including Apple. Horacio Gutierrez, a top Microsoft intellectual property and licensing executive, said in a statement that Google's licensing of the patents related to the protocol "is a clear acknowledgement of the innovation taking place at Microsoft." He said it also exemplifies the company's "openness to generally license our patents under fair and reasonable terms so long as licensees respect Microsoft intellectual property." "