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Motorola sues Apple over patent infringement

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed October 6, 2010

Suit aimed at iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs

Motorola has filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of violating 18 patents related to a variety of products. The International Trade Commission complaint argues that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac computers each utilize technology protected by Motorola's range of patents.

The patents include several claims related to wireless technologies, such as WCDMA, GPRS, Wi-Fi and antenna design. Other patents involve smartphone software features, including wireless e-mail, proximity sensing, app management, location-based services and synchronization between multiple devices.

Aside from the mobile patents, Apple is also accused of using Motorola's intellectual property for other services such as MobileMe and the App Store.

Motorola is asking the ITC to investigate the mater and grant an Exclusion Order banning Apple from importing the infringing products, prohibiting sales of products already imported, and barring marketing campaigns. The plaintiff is also seeking compensation for past infringement, although a specific number for the payout has yet to emerge.

"After Apple's late entry into the telecommunications market, we engaged in lengthy negotiations, but Apple has refused to take a license," Motorola Mobility corporate VP Kirk Dailey said in an official statement. "We had no choice but to file these complaints to halt Apple's continued infringement."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So what is Apple's side of the story?

    Moto is a big company but their fortunes have been less than stellar in recent years. WHY, I want to know, would Apple knowingly use someone else's stuff, after "negotiations" produced nothing? There has to be more to it than this. "Science" is so often misused in court cases one has to wonder, what is happening now that MS accuses Moto of ripping off their patents.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Moto must be really desperate!

    Wow! Moto must be getting really desperate. Apple can buy Motorola for under $20B and still have $40B cash left over.

    It would be funny if that happened - buy Moto and fire all the idiots who not only ran the company into the ground but sued Apple . LOL.

    Zander & Brown screwed Motorola upside down. Zander was a dope and under him Motorola did not produce a single phone. He wiped out Moto's really great R&D an grew the company by "cutting" costs. Well you can only do it once and now the company is paying the price.

    Motorola has a history of producing poor leaders and we can see that in the stock price.

  1. jascam

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Patents? There's an App for that

    Patents are going to kill innovation. Someone wrote down the idea of "hitting a pad that translates to a letter that appears on a screen" and got a patent for it. s*** - there's a patent for a stick! Literally, a stick .... you throw it, a dog brings it back, comes from a tree .... a stick! Go look it up.

    I'm growing tired watching companies that sit back, wait for something to catch on and then go after the other company that made a market for that "idea". What about the patent trolls? What about the patent holders that never make a damn thing but feel they are owed hundreds of millions.

    Patents should be like trademarks. You have it, don't use it and don't protect it immediately then you're out of luck. Sorry about that. With all the lawyers making so much money off these things you'd think the companies with the patents would actually PROTECT the patents, rather than wait for a developed market and then cry foul!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, if you

    wait for the other guy to develop the market, you actually stand to gain a lot more than just jumping on them immediately. In my mind, that suggests you should loose your patent/s just on principle.

    I used to like motorola's stuff. They're dead to me now.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Motorola's not dead

    They've totally cornered the market on those big, goofy, oversized headsets all the coaches wear on the sidelines at American football games. They must sell DOZENS of those things every year. DOZENS!

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Well, if you

    wait for the other guy to develop the market, you actually stand to gain a lot more than just jumping on them immediately. In my mind, that suggests you should loose your patent/s just on principle.

    I don't know how one loose's patents, though. Is that by untying some knots or something?

    As to patents, the reverse is true as well. Apple wasn't first but jumped in later, so there are more minefields to stumble through with regards to patents and such. If they were a leader, there'd be no issues and they could be suing all the others.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey, Moto...

    You forgot to sue Apple for iTunes!

    I mean, geez, look at all the products they list. It's like if it is a successful Apple product, then Motorola has a patent being illegally used in it! The whole thing is a crock of shiet. Not a single one of these "phone" mfg had a phone in development or being sold that looked or operated like the iPhone....and they probably weren't going to either for some time. Now they ALL look like iPhones, or they bomb!

    Patents aside, knowing how to innovate takes real talent, especially something as ground breaking as the iPhone. I'm not about to say Apple "invented" any or all of these technologies found in the iPhone, but as always, they showed the world the best way to put it together. You can take that to the bank!!


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