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November 01, 2010

Apple Files Suit Against Motorola for Patent Infringement

By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Tempers are flying again in the smartphone industry. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple filed suit against Motorola, claiming the company’s lineup of smartphones and operating software infringes on Apple’s (News - Alert) intellectual property.

This is, of course, not the first time a lawsuit has emerged between the two players in an industry where the courts never have to find something to do. Motorola (News - Alert) filed suit against Apple just last month over patent infringement.

Apple likely made many of its competitors a little less than happy when it rapidly rose to major player status in the mobile phone industry with the introduction of the iPhone (News - Alert) just three years ago. In fact, phones are now the biggest part of Apple’s business, accounting for 43 percent of its revenue.

Such success does not go forward untouched, however, and other players want a piece of the profitable pie. Some of the strongest competition is coming from Google’s Android and the variety of smartphones that offer its operating system.

Is it any surprise that Motorola is one of the company’s selling Android-based phones? Its placement in the market under the Verizon Droid lineup has produced a significant threat to the iPhone, which understandably has Apple on edge.

In its complaint, Apple alleges that Motorola has violated six Apple patents relating to touchscreen and multi-touch technology, in addition to ways to display, access and interact with information on the phone. Apple is seeking damages and attorney’s fees and is asking the court to stop Motorola from selling the offending products.

Motorola has said it will contest the lawsuits.

"Motorola has a leading intellectual-property portfolio, one of the strongest in the industry, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter," the company said in a statement. "We are confident in our position and will pursue our litigation to halt Apple's continued infringement."

This latest filing is just another in a string of attacks that involve Apple in the smartphone industry. The company has certainly perfected certain elements of technology that consumers are demanding – specifically touchscreen capabilities.

In March, Apple sued HTC Corp. – a prominent producer of Android phones – alleging similar violations. Analysts have said, however, that despite Apple’s Steve Jobs’ (News - Alert) attacks on Google, this approach is unlikely to be very effective. Google gives away Android for free – which has won much acclaim from users and developers alike.

Like every player in any industry with intellectual property, filing suits is part of protecting the value build in that property. None of these suits are likely to amount to much, but they do grab our attention.

In reviewing the industry, Apple could do much more damage to Motorola by simply selling its iPhone through Verizon Wireless (News - Alert) than filing suit. Verizon has been an important Motorola partner for years and an Apple agreement could rock that boat. The iPhones are expected to grace Verizon shelves in the first quarter. If this does happen, expect to see much more excitement between these key players.


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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