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Motorola Mobility is counter-suing Apple (AAPL) again: the Google (GOOG) unit claims iOS devices...

Motorola Mobility is counter-suing Apple (AAPL) again: the Google (GOOG) unit claims iOS devices infringe on 7 of its patents, and wants ITC import bans. But this time, Motorola (like Apple in its many suits) isn't suing over standards-essential IP that might need to be licensed on FRAND terms, but software patents covering features such as e-mail notifications and Siri. "We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple's unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice," says Motorola. (Posner on software patents)
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  • kmi
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    One has to start wondering if Apple's scorched earth policy of attacking Android is worth the effort at this point, with regard to its mounting legal costs.
    19 Aug 2012, 06:54 PM Reply Like
  • dab3z
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    Legal costs are a drop in the bucket. The Samsung case isn't so much important as a stand alone case, but with an Apple win, the gates of hell will open upon Google and Android. Hoping for a good verdict this week.
    19 Aug 2012, 07:01 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    This appears to me that far as Google is concerned... "If you can't beat em... sue em".
    19 Aug 2012, 10:34 PM Reply Like
  • sawchain
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    Or in Google's case, "if you can't beat 'em, win a seat on their board and steal all their secrets."
    20 Aug 2012, 09:09 PM Reply Like
  • chasrob56
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    Steve Jobs promise to stop Google from stealing is alive and well.
    Counter Suits is a means to tie up the situation longer. Although all lawsuits in these matters puts Jurors to sleep, along with putting such high tech things in front of them to judge. It is often suggested to the Companies involved to reach some kind of settlement.
    19 Aug 2012, 08:43 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    The article by Judge Posner was interesting but fell short. Patents aren't solely a US issue, it's a global issue. The US issues patents, Japan issues patents ....

     

    His observation that the US Patent office is an understatement of biblical proportions. [OK, I exaggerate some.] The patent office review is merely perfunctory. How many "experts" in how many fields would the patent office need to hire to validate each patent submission? Decades ago, it became the responsibility of the inventor to do all the research on prior art, etc. and establish the "validity" of the patent. The backlog the judge refers to isn't a backlog of verification of the patent; the patent office is overwhelmed with so many applications that it can't even keep up with moving the applications from one point to another.

     

    I disagree with the judge on the relevance of the cost of inventing. I think it's immaterial. Goodrich "invented" vulcanized rubber by accidentally knocking over a bottle of sulfuric acid onto a burner. I'd agree that the cost of an accident is minimal but to deny a patent on the inventing vulcanized rubber? A glue developed by 3M was a failure. It didn't dry. It became the glue used in post-its. .... The secretary that invented white-out. ... The guy that invented the button release for sockets on ratchets .... cost to invent ... miniscule .... ideas worthy of patents?

     

    I know of a company that bought a patent solely to take "revenge" on another company that sued them. Is that a patent troll?

     

    I wonder if Judge Koh will be "lucky" enough to hear this case. LOL
    19 Aug 2012, 09:35 PM Reply Like
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