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Apple has history of bullying competitors through lawsuits

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has filed two lawsuits against Motorola in a Washington-based U.S. district court, alleging that its smartphones and OS infringe on Apple's intellectual property. This development is a response from Apple for the lawsuit Motorola filed against it in October, alleging patent infringement.

Apple alleges that Motorola violates six of its patents related to touch-screen and multitouch technology, "as well as ways to display, access and interact with information on the phone," WSJ reports.

Motorola had this response: "Motorola has a leading intellectual-property portfolio, one of the strongest in the industry, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter. We are confident in our position and will pursue our litigation to halt Apple's continued infringement."

This is a similar lawsuit to one Apple filed against mobile phone manufacturer -- and prominent Android player -- HTC last March. Because attacking Google directly isn't very effective since it gives Android away for free, Apple can go after the manufacturers that employ the threatening OS. After all, they have enough revenue to make it worthwhile for Apple.

"Apple's coming under assault now and they're using every tool at their disposal to try and hold the fort," an analyst for Charter Equity Research told WSJ, adding that he doesn't expect much to come of the lawsuits. Apple, it turns out, has a history of bullying competitors with lawsuits.

This comes at a crucial time for Motorola, which is planning to split off its mobile unit into a separate entity, and Android is the only OS used on the manufacturer's smartphones. Some analysts are predicting that Motorola -- which has basically been resurrected thanks to Android -- might suffer once the iPhone hits Verizon.

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By Tony Swash on 11/1/2010 9:30:21 AM , Rating: -1
There is one line in the article that needs a correction;

The original line from the article reads

"Apple, it turns out, has a history of bullying competitors with lawsuits."

It should read"

"Apple, it turns out, has a history of beating competitors with more popular products".

Just a tease to get us started :)

RE: Correction
By MDGeek on 11/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Correction
By Shatbot on 11/1/2010 9:37:59 AM , Rating: 2

Anyway, does anyone ever get anywhere with these lawsuits? In this whole thing I just feel sorry for Xerox.

RE: Correction
By dark matter on 11/1/2010 10:25:23 AM , Rating: 2
Obvious Troll makes obvious troll noises. Come on then Troll, feeding time for you....

RE: Correction
By bug77 on 11/1/2010 11:23:08 AM , Rating: 1
And it may very well have a history of being more eco-friendly than the competitors. But what's any of those got to do with the lawsuit?

RE: Correction
By morphologia on 11/1/2010 3:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
Apple doesn't sue the people they outperform. They sue the people who outperform them. There's a difference.

RE: Correction
By rcc on 11/1/2010 4:36:18 PM , Rating: 1
And this would make them different from Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, and most other companies how?

Just curious.

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