Apple sues Motorola over smart phone patent

Oct 31, 2010

Apple is suing Motorola for infringing on patents related to its smart phones.

Apple Inc. said in a filing on Friday that Motorola's Droid, Cliq, BackFlip and other phones violate its patents related to the iPhone's touch screen and user interface.

Apple says it wants Motorola Inc. to stop using the patents and is seeking an unspecified amount of damages as well as its attorneys' fees and costs.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Wisconsin on Friday.

The suit comes after Motorola sued Apple earlier this month over patent infringement.

Motorola was the second-largest phone maker in 2006, due to the popularity of its Razr clamshell phone, but it was surpassed by others when became popular.

Meanwhile, Apple Inc.'s iPhones have surged in popularity. The company sold 14.1 million on them in June through September.

Now, Motorola is the seventh-largest phone maker in the world. In North America it's outstripped by Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry. Motorola's recent smartphones such as the "Droid" line of phones run on Inc.'s software.

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baudrunner
not rated yet Nov 01, 2010
Apple is out of line. It's success is due entirely to the Motorola MC68000, the original graphics-based CPU that powered the first Macintoshes, and its' precursor 6500 series CPU's that powered the Lisa and the Apple II. Apple owes everything to Motorola. This looks to me like a little brat kicking his mother in the shins.
Ricochet
not rated yet Nov 01, 2010
Apple's scared of the Androids. This is one way of trying to scare back some market share in the Smart Phone Wars.
AkiBola
not rated yet Nov 01, 2010
Hopefully there isn't a damaging compromise reached i.e. cross licensing of each others patents so that other vendors are still in the crosshairs. Invalidate these useless "touch screen user interface" patents and bring on the innovation.