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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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What would this be about?
By BastiWebMaster on 11/1/2010 9:39:45 AM , Rating: 1
I think they're going over some blatant patent infringement like "using finger pressure to interact directly with the display". Or something like that. Motorola is in deep trouble.

RE: What would this be about?
By dark matter on 11/1/2010 10:23:44 AM , Rating: 2
You are aware that to have a patent you have to license such works. A patent is an artificial monopoly after all. Say the wheel was not invented and you invented and patented it yet refused to license it to anyone else. Now there is nothing to stop anyone else copying you apart from the law, but the law is you have to license it. If you don't agree, you shouldn't get the patent.

By BastiWebMaster on 11/1/2010 12:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is used to suing for ridiculous charges. Processor throttling ring any bell?

RE: What would this be about?
By acer905 on 11/1/2010 12:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong, patent law revolves around the exact wording in the constitution. (at least in regards to US patent law)

"To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;"

Exclusive right means you, the inventor, have the right to exclude anyone and/or everyone from use. However, it is your job to ensure that people you wish to exclude do not use it (ex: sue them). However, until such time as the patent holder tells the person using the patent that they are not allowed, there is no "infringement"

Having a patent actually does allow you to be the only person producing a product, without licensing it to anyone, because the patent has a fixed term length.

RE: What would this be about?
By BastiWebMaster on 11/1/2010 1:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
I can't really see what I'm wrong about. Apple has alleged in the past infringements of ridiculous patents. My guess was that this is yet another stupid attempt at restricting common technology or methods.

As for the definition of a patent, I was aware of what it actually means.

RE: What would this be about?
By seamonkey79 on 11/1/2010 2:50:01 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize he was responding to the same post you were responding to, right?

By BastiWebMaster on 11/2/2010 2:09:57 AM , Rating: 2
Now I do. My bad.

RE: What would this be about?
By PCR on 11/1/2010 11:49:21 AM , Rating: 3
This is about the fact that both HTC and Motorola have had decent android based smartphones that are giving iPhone a run for its money. So is response Apple decides to sue both companies, I hope this garbage gets thrown out.

RE: What would this be about?
By mckinney on 11/2/2010 12:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
The only news here is that it is Apple. MS was recently suing all of the android based handset makers also. The target is Google.

RE: What would this be about?
By Donkey2008 on 11/2/2010 12:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
"This development is a response from Apple for the lawsuit Motorola filed against it in October, alleging patent infringement. "

Of course you don't mention this part. You Android fanboys need to learn to actually read the story and not just the headline.

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