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Apple Sues Motorola Over Multitouch Patents

You might remember when, early last month, Motorola filed several lawsuits against Apple alleging infringement of 18 patents. Specifically, Motorola filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola-owned patents. The company also filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida. A little over a week later, Motorola requested that several of Apple's multitouch patents be invalidated.

Now Apple has fired back, filing two patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Apple highlights six patents in total in the two suits and seems to only be targeting Android phones. ZDNet reports that the Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, Cliq XT, BackFlip, Devour A555, Devour i1 and Charm are all named in the suit. Apple wants a jury to prevent Moto from continuing to use the technology in its devices and is also seeking treble damages plus its legal fees.

One of the patents (patent number 7,497,949 for 'touchscreen device, method and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics') also appears in Apple's monster lawsuit against HTC. ZDNet reports that five out of the six patents are related to multitouch technology. The last remaining patent relates to an 'object-oriented system locator system'.

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  • jhansonxi
    No need to worry about Apple or Motorola in these battles. The lawyers will win and the customers will pay for any settlements. The companies and their shareholders will be largely unaffected.
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  • onyx_64
    " 'touchscreen device, method and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics' "
    Htf can one patent a basic idea?! If it was the technology behind multitouch, that at least is understandable... What next? the keyboard?!
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  • cashews
    In the mobile phone industry patents are going to strangle innovation. A major overhaul of the system is necessary asap.
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  • Shadow703793
    cashewsIn the mobile phone industry patents are going to strangle innovation. A major overhaul of the system is necessary asap.Agreed. The patent system is cr@p. I would be very inclined to vote for a Senator/president who wishes to fix this mess than one who won't.
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  • captaincharisma
    so i guess apple is trying to sue moto so they have money to pay off proview who is suing apple. its a viscous cycle!!!
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  • bustapr
    method and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics'
    I wish patents were more specific. This patent basically says that every touchscreen device available is subject to lawsuit from apple. Apple is monopolizing the market with all these stupid patents, and THAT is ilegal. Really how the heck can you file 6 multitouch patents. I really hope congress does something with this stupid patent system.
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  • hollands22
    I hate apple so much
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  • chodaboy
    I wanna patent breating..
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  • kingssman
    Proview suing apple, whos suing motorola whos suing HTC, who's suing RIM, who's suing Google, who's not suing anybody...

    Its like a man train circle jerk of patent suing.
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  • pjmelect
    The American patent system is broken.
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