Thursday, October 7, 2010

Motorola Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Lately, lawsuit and counter-suite battles are the new obsession in the mobile phone sector. This time around, Motorola has slapped a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. In an official statement, Motorola said that Apple has infringed its 18 patents with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and select Mac computers. Not only products, Apple's MobileMe and App Store services are also under the patent infringement list. 

Motorola Mobility filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida. Motorola stated that about 18 patents relate to the "early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in key technology areas" have been infringed by Apple. Here's a part of the official statement that points about out the patents in question:

Overall, Motorola Mobility's three complaints include 18 patents, which relate to 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. The Motorola patents include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.

Kirk Dailey, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola Mobility, stated, "After Apple's late entry into the telecommunications market, we engaged in lengthy negotiations, but Apple has refused to take a license. We had no choice but to file these complaints to halt Apple's continued infringement."


Earlier this week, Motorola was sued for infringing over 9 patents by Microsoft. What might surprise you is that these patent infringing lawsuits happen after a good 2-3 year product life cycle.

If you want to take a look on who's suing whom in the telecom sector, take a look at the interesting infographicresearched and designed by London-based writer David McCandless.