Apple Sues Motorola Over Patent Infringement
November 1, 2010 9:01 AM
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Apple has history of bullying competitors through lawsuits
The Wall Street Journal
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,"
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
, adding that he doesn't expect much to come of the lawsuits. Apple, it turns out,
has a history of bullying competitors
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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The one that should sue
11/1/2010 10:16:10 AM
The one that should sue Apple is Palm they had touch screen tech long before Apple even ever thought of the iPhone & iPod.
Oh wait I guess it would be HP that needs to sue Apple since they now own Palm.
I guess Micorsoft could also sue Apple they had Windows Mobile out before Apple had the iPhone also I think.
It is not like Apple invented the touch screen tech all they did was refine it a bit & made it so you could only use your fingers to interact with the screen. Other touch devices before the iPhones allowed both finger touch & stylus to interact with the screen.
let the Apple fanboys start picking this apart but in the end we all know I am pretty much right.
RE: The one that should sue
11/1/2010 11:54:17 AM
Apple Newton was released in 1993, but the Psion Organiser was in development since 1984.
RE: The one that should sue
11/2/2010 12:18:10 PM
So you have read the lawsuit? You know the context of it and what patents are involved?
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