Is there anyone in the wireless handset business NOT suing each other? Motorola (MOT) has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) alleging that the iPhone, iPad, iTouch and some Macs infringe on patents.
Motorola contends that Apple is infringing on 18 patents, “which relate to early-stage innovations.” Even MobileMe and Apple’s App Store are mentioned in Motorola’s complaint.
The patents related to wireless communication technologies including:
- WCDMA (3G),
- antenna design,
- and a laundry list of smartphone technologies ranging from wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.
Motorola is seeking an investigation into Apple and an injunction on the importation of infringing products. Motorola wants Apple to stop using its patents and seeks compensation.
In a statement, Kirk Dailey, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola Mobility, said:
“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. Motorola will continue to take all necessary steps to protect its R&D and intellectual property, which are critical to the company’s business.”
For those keeping score at home, Microsoft sued Motorola over Android last week.
And before that:
- Oracle sued Google over Android. Google fires back.
- HTC and Apple are duking it out over patents.
- The ITC has launched an investigation into Eastman Kodak’s complaint that Research in Motion and Apple are infringing on its patents.
- The ITC is investigating a complaint by Motorola against RIM.
- And the ITC is investigating a complaint by Apple against Nokia.