Motorola seeks U.S. import ban on Apple iPhone and Apple iPad with new ITC claim

Motorola seeks U.S. import ban on Apple iPhone and Apple iPad with new ITC claim
When Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was asked for a reason why Google decided to buy Motorola Mobility, he explained that it was for more than just the company's patents. But now, Google's lawyers now see the opportunity to strike at Apple using those very patents picked up in the acquisition. On Friday, we told you that Google's wholly owned subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, had filed a claim with the ITC alleging that Apple had violated seven of its patents. More details about the filing have been released and Motorola Mobility is asking the ITC for a U.S. import ban on some of Apple's devices including the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod touch.

The patents involved cover location reminder technology, email notification, and phone/video players according to Bloomberg. Motorola Mobility has also included Siri in the suit, alongside the actual Apple devices named. Motorola Mobility also claims that Apple refuses to discuss licensing these patents with them. None of the seven patents involved in the claim is FRAND related, nor are they standards essential patents which tightens the screws on Apple a bit.

This isn't the first time that Motorola Mobility has filed a claim against Apple with the ITC. The first case is due for a final ruling on August 24th, and involved FRAND designated patents. In that case an ITC judge had already ruled back in April, that Apple had infringed on one of four Motorola Mobility patents that were part of the claim. The patent that Apple was ruled to infringe upon is a FRAND designated patent on Wi-Fi technology and the ITC could issue a product ban if it makes a final ruling against Apple based on standards essential patents.

Another patent related case involving the two combatants has been dismissed with prejudice by a judge in Chicago. Late last year, both sides held talks for cross-licensing each others' patents, but the meeting obviously didn't lead to a deal.

source: Reuters

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94 Comments

1. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Lol good luck with that

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly. Seems like a d**k move by Google and Motorola here.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, trying to ban a competitor is a d**k move. Can you feel the irony oozing out of your pores?

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, because its not oozing.. he's floating in it.

25. webOSlove unregistered

Ummm well getting a competitor banned is what Apple has pulled a ton of times . So Apple has pulled that "d***" move a multitude of times , and where were you when that happend ?

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I bet if it was Apple trying to ban Motorola products.....it would be fine with you...

69. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Maybe your right. I realize what is said apple is unwilling to come to a agreement. So there must be a move done to see who is in the right, but then again I wouldn't be expect a different reply from a die hard fan or supporter. I'm not saying just inferring that you maybe by the way that you replied though im willing to bet you are. I think your comment could be the same for either company. But it is nice to see the company that started the drama to have a taste of irony...

45. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Mxyzptlk, do you suffer from diarrhea of the mouth or do you actually believe the crap you spill out? First you cheer on Apple trying to ban Samsung and HTC products for stupid crap but yet you get all butt hurt about it when it comes to your precious Apple. Congrats, you're even more blind, one sided, fanboy lunatic than Taco is. Cry a river about it somewhere else pal, Apple gets no sympathy. The bully needs a taste of his own medicine.

46. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I hope someone pimp-slaps the crap out of you today.

52. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This looks like Taco with a another account. You allways get thumbed down no matter what you say......!

63. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ROFLMAOO.....that would be hilarious!

72. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Mxzyptlk to me looks like Taco.

65. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

the patent is true technology not just rectangle..

86. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ironic that the superman vilian troll is calling this move a d**k move - huh, wonder where moto learned that trick from? HINT: From a fruit...and, no, not ANNOYING ORANGE.

51. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

IFan changing sides suddenly.... How weird, and strange?

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Considering how ugly Apple made the patent wars, this is just karma. I imagine Google is simply trying to gain leverage against Apple to get them to stop their bulls**t.

3. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

"Karma" -- Well said.. Agree!

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Be that as it may, we can not allow an iBan; Apple must be allowed to import their minor hardware upgrades aka "refresh" so that the Android Mobile manufacturers can continue to keep giving us the better and superior product. If Apple products are banned, there will only be MicroSlush to compete with and that could theoretically mean putting together two cups with some clothes line to make a phone. Apple's half-baked iPuff must be allowed into the U.S. market: period.

62. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

PAPINYC LMAO THAT WAS iHilarious. Every time you iPost on Apple your posts makes me so laugh.!

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How can you patent something that's generic like 3G? Samsung copied Apple heavily in many of their earlier Galaxy line of phones so its understandable about that lawsuit. The one that is making the patent wars look ugly. This is just FRAND abuse.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

OK. Once more for the reading impaired. The seven new patents that Motorola claims Apple are infringing are NOT FRAND PATENTS.

32. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

"OK. Once more for the reading impaired" hahahahahahahaha!!!

71. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I wouldn't be surprised considering how long Motorola's been in the communications business.

21. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

hey Mxyzptlk, phone design and icon call patent?

23. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes. They should only patent non generic things, like rectangles with rounded corners, or icons in grids, or phone icons that look like, well...phones. Twenty years from now, you should come back here and read the stuff you post. Maybe by then, with a little more wisdom, you'll get the same cycle the rest of us do.

28. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

"How can you patent something that's generic like 3G?" Exactly!!! All they really did is invent a new technology that increased the transmission of data packets to and from a mobile device ten fold compared to Edge and 1xRTT. Is that really hard? I'm sure it wasn't! As for the long hard road Apple had to take, do you guys really understand how much harder it is to take a rectangle and put a freakin BUTTON at the bottom?!?!? If you Android users could really understand the complexity, the man power and the ingenuity it took to develop and patent the RECTANGLE... I really feel sorry for all you FANDROIDS with your big screens, uncracked screens, and waterproof Kevlar-covered, bullet-proof, super-thin, light-weight yet tough-as-nails DROOOOIDS!!! Next patent: The Death Grip! (Yes Mr. Spock! Apple will be coming for you too!)

35. ENO123

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Lol!! I see what u did there XD

34. ph00ny

Posts: 1994; Member since: May 26, 2011

FRAND doesn't mean you don't pay for it Generic? Without those "generic" 3G related patents, we wouldn't have 3G

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"How can you patent something that's generic like 3G?" I was wondering the same exact thing about round corners, black borders, and rectangles.... And I dont think 3G is that generic. If it was.....there would be more companies helping to build and improve it. Damn near any manufacture can make a tablet or phone.....how many can build and improve on 3G technology....

48. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

So trying to ban multiple devices for shape isnt generic? Keep crying fanboy!

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