Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement

Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement
Don't disregard this because it sounds familiar; it seems everyone is feeling litigious these days. Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Motorola, has filed suit with the U.S. International Trade Commission, claiming that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iTouch, and certain Mac computers infringe on Motorola patents.

Motorola's 18 allegedly infringed properties include "early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in key technology areas found on many of Apple's core products and associated services, including MobileMe and the App Store." Motorola also named WCDMA, GPRS, antenna design, wireless email, application management, location-based services, proximity sensing, and multi-device synchronization as similarly infringed properties.

The suit calls for Apple to cease the "marketing, advertising, demonstration and warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of such imported products in the United States," and compensate Motorola for their past use.

Kirk Dailey of Motorola Mobility claims that Motorola has made every effort to sell Apple licenses on the patents in question, but they refused. Dailey says Motorola "has no choice but to file these complaints to halt Apple's continued infringement."

Their suit is likely motivated by the recent sparring match between Apple and Motorola, in which Apple sued Motorola for its use of Google's Android OS, which Apple claims infringes on their iOS. They have also generated bad blood with their mutually exchanged negative press about antenna issues.

source:  Motorola via Engadget



1. hahaha unregistered

a little payback for sue-happy apple?

2. lamista unregistered

I smile a little every time I see another lawsuit go against apple. Apple just needs to stop tossing lawsuits around trying to protect their Iphone, its not working...other companies are saying.."ok, fine, two can play at this game". I don't care for Apple, but I do give props to the Iphone and it being a game changer and forever altering what people now expect from a smartphone, but they should concentrate more on the next product.

3. skymitch89 unregistered

Really, Apple sued Motorola for using Android on their phones because it "infringes on their iOS"? I would have to say that they should've sued Google and not Motorola.

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I know right? Motorola didn't make it. And about five or more other phone companies use android too. wtf apple...

8. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

Google has more money than apple so apple wont go after google they have have to after the smaller companies first cause they think they will have a better chance at winner ..... i hate everything apple is

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think something different, Google own several cool features and has developed some for apple, the worst apple can do is being in bad terms with a "on deman" developer so they ram on companies that are affiliated with them just to make them give up on the os. So it might be indirect damage

5. jd0102 unregistered

I think I saw an article a while back that Apple is also suing HTC for the same reasons.

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I smell Apple pie..... Oh $hit its burning!

7. StLght3 unregistered


9. XxVerbalxX unregistered

LOL +1,000,000

10. Jake15

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

all the companies just need to shut up and stop being like this company did this and this company did that. it is all just a bunch of bullsh#t

12. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Bring it on. Apple is filthy rich. These lawsuits will not affect Apple a bit. Just shows how Apple is so envied.

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