Motorola Mobility sues Apple for patent infringement

Today, Motorola Mobility announced a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. alleging the Cupertino company’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as certain Mac computers, infringe upon eighteen of Motorola’s patents. The accusations are fairly broad:

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.

Motorola is looking for the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban Apple from importing the aforementioned equipment.

“Motorola has innovated and patented throughout every cycle of the telecommunications industry evolution, from Motorola’s invention of the cell phone to its development of premier smartphone products. We have extensively licensed our industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, consisting of tens of thousands of patents in the U.S. and worldwide. 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,” said Kirk Daily, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola.

We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for this one to be resolved.

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