Motorola sued again by "patent troll"

Motorola sued again by
Intellectual Ventures, a company referred to as a "patent troll" by Google, is heading back to court to square off once again with Motorola Mobility. On Wednesday, the company filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida claiming that Google's wholly owned Motorola Mobility subsidiary had infringed on seven of its patents. Back in 2011, in a Delaware lawsuit, the company claimed that Motorola Mobility had infringed on six of its patents. Two of the seven patents included in yesterday's suit had been owned by Nokia as recently as 2011.

While Google sees the IP portfolio holder as a nemesis, Intellectual Ventures sees itself as the builder of a new marketplace for inventions. It added that taking Motorola Mobility to court was not its intention and that it is instigating the latest suit as a last resort. The legal battle covers patents for features like multimedia messaging to file transfer technology.

In order to avoid any problems, back in 2010 HTC and Samsung entered into patent licensing agreements agreements separately with Intellectual Ventures. The agreements cover the use of IV's patents for the production of Android flavored phones.

source: AllThingsD



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Defending your ip isn't patent trolling.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

But when Motorola does it, whether or not FRAND patents are involved, it's evil and awful, is that right?

6. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Mxyzptlk First Association with the title "APPLE" and nothing can change that!

7. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It is when you dont come up with the idea but rather just buy it and then not do anything with them, you know like actually making a product, but instead just use that ip for the sole purpose of extorting money.

24. ckingt4

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2012

Supermaoribro, didnt see your response. agree with every word.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I support the idea of patent reform, narrow the scope of patent to a particular product only.

22. Sparhawk

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

That would make a patent completely useless. All your competitor would have to say is "it's not the same product" and get to use your patented design anyway?

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

that the whole idea. why should the toasters patent restrict the sales of conventional oven.

16. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

If your sole purpose as a company is to hold patents and use them to either license or sue, when most or all of said patents were purchased from another company, you're a troll. Sorry, Mxyzptlk...

23. ckingt4

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2012

problem with this company is it isnt defending its ip, it bought the ip from another company for the sole purpose of milking others.

27. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

yea thats right, but when you sue Motorola using Nokia's patents (or that's how i understood it) it is patent trolling

2. wendygarett unregistered

Funny, when you hired by manager A and he decided to fired you 3 month later, you can say manager A a troll... but when you hired by manager B and he still fired you and you hired again by C and fired by C and so on, you cannot blame manager as a employer troll now because the problem now is you yourself... same thing I'm going to apply here, instead of complaint employer policy (patent policy), how about look at mirror and see yourself, why every company in the world sue you, my dear Google :)

9. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Trolls defending trolls... how shocking.

10. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

I've read this three times now and I still have no idea what you just said.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Don't pay attention. :)

17. wendygarett unregistered

Yup, I'm deserved to be ignored :)

20. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

hahahah, right!..hahahahah...smh

15. cgyspy

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

Is not every company in the world that is suing is by someone with certain company in its back.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

patent trolls normally have backer. Microsoft, Oracle and Apple come into mind.

5. masterpogi6

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Hahaha burn :D A lesson to learn to Google that copycat is not good :D LOL LOL. always a loser :D

11. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Because selling over 200 million + smartphones is "always losing."

8. zennacko unregistered

Apple is the greatest patent troll in the world... Followed by Gradiente, the legendary brazilian troll who controls the name "iphone" over there :D

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

When I have read "patent troll", first thing that I have thought was Apple. :D

18. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

And the irony is that consolidating the company's name gives us iVentures.

19. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Some company wanna bite !!! :-)

21. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

All Google have to do now is to shut down Moto (stop making devices), and go hard after MS and Apple

26. godsdragon

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

It's cut throat all over.. sheesh...

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