Good Morning and welcome to the latest edition of daily lawsuit news. The only show on the planet where we talk about all those interesting lawsuits and counter-suits being filed by tech companies on a daily basis.
In todays edition we have one time partners Motorola and Apple at each end of the courtroom.
In the latest lawsuit, Motorola claims that Apple has breached as many as 18 patents held by Motorola “which relate to early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in key technology areas.” The suit has been filed with the US International Trade Commission and courts in Illinois, where Motorola is headquartered.
Motorola has in a longish press release clarified that these 18 patents relate to antenna design, wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.
Since we are too bored to get in to the boring legal details we’ll continue with the things that interest us. Motorola has blamed Apple for being refusing to license Motorola’s technologies even after lenthy negotoations with Apple asking them to do so. With negotiations falling apart, Motorola says it is forced to take this stance and adopt the legal route.
Anyway, this is interesting and comes quite som time after Apple sued both Motorola and Google for similar patent infringements. Motorola is also facing trouble from erstwhile partner Microsoft who just last week sued Motorola for infringing their patents. Interestingly, Motorola has been kind enough to offer an olive branch to Microsoft.
This latest lawsuit comes just days after Apple restarted the patent infringement war by suing Nokia in Europe a few days ago.