Motorola Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

Includes: AAPL, GOOG
by: Larry Dignan

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),
  • GPRS,
  • 802.11,
  • 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:

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