Motorola Files Patent Suit Against Apple
August 19, 2012

Motorola Files Second Trade Commission Claim Against Apple

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Google's Motorola Mobility unit announced on Friday that it had filed a new patent infringement claim with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming that some Apple-developed devices infringe upon their intellectual property, various media outlets reported this weekend.

According to Bloomberg's Susan Decker and the Wall Street Journal's John Letzing, Motorola is claiming that Apple is infringing upon seven of their patents in devices including iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.

Among the programs the Libertyville, Illinois- based company claims infringe upon their patents are Apple's Siri voice-recognition software feature, as well as location reminders, e-mail notifications, and phone video players, the company told Bloomberg.

They are seeking a ban on US imports of all three of the devices, which are manufactured in Asia.

"We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple´s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers´ innovations," Motorola Mobility said in a statement, according to Decker.

"Motorola Mobility and Apple have been fighting since at least 2010 after licensing talks failed," the Bloomberg reporter added. "Apple has said Motorola Mobility is making unreasonable demands, and argues that phones made by Motorola Mobility and other handset manufacturers that run on Google´s Android operating system are copying key patented features of the iPhone."

This is the second ITC claim that Motorola Mobility has filed against their Cupertino, California-based rivals. A copy of the complaint was not available as of Friday evening, and Apple spokespeople declined Bloomberg's request for comment on the matter. A final decision on the original case is expected Friday.

"The ITC cases are only part of the patent duel between Motorola Mobility and Apple. Apple and Motorola Mobility have separately appealed the June decision of Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to throw out a case involving FRAND terms for standards-essential patents," said Marc Ferranti of IDG News. "In addition, Apple has asked the European Commission to intervene in its patent dispute with Motorola Mobility, which has resulted in European cases including a legal battle in German courts."