Motorola Sues Apple over Patent Infringement

Motorola Sues Apple over Patent Infringement

Motorola Sues Apple over Patent Infringement

On Wednesday, Motorola, Inc. announced that subsidiary Motorola Mobility, Inc. had filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).  The complaint alleges that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch, and a number of Mac computers infringe upon Motorola patents.  The company also filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in the Southern District of Florida and the Northern District of Illinois.

The three complaints include at least 18 different patents Motorola has registered.  The filings are centered on a number of early-stage innovations Motorola developed which Apple now uses in key areas of technology of their core products.  Motorola claims that Apple uses technologies in their Mobile Me and App Store, among other services, which they hold no license or legal right to use.  The technologies in question include the use of WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11, as well as critical smartphone technologies such as wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, and multi-device synchronization.

Motorola Mobility has requested that the ITC investigate Apple’s use of the company’s patents and issue orders directing them to cease using and selling products using the infringed patents.  In the District Court cases, Motorola has requested Apple be forced to cease using the technologies and pay compensatory damages for past infringement.

Motorola Mobility corporate vice president of intellectual property Kirk Daily has said that Motorola has attempted to get Apple to agree to a licensing agreement for use of the technologies in the past, but that the company has refused to do so.  He said that Apple left the company with no choice, and forced Motorola to protect their intellectual property by taking legal action.


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