Monday, August 20, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Sued by Google’s Motorola for Patent Infringement

Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility has filed a suit at the U.S. International Trade Commission, claiming infringement of 7 patents by Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), such as the Siri voice-recognition program, location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players. Motorola is seeking a permanent ban on Apple products imported in the US like iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.

According to Motorola, Apple has refused to settle claims by working out a license, which has led to the complaint against them. The fight between the two has been going on since 2010 after licensing discussions did not work out. Apple has countered by accusing Motorola of making unjust demands and stating that the phones manufactured by them and other handset companies that are running on Google’s Android operating system are borrowing major patented features of Apple’s iPhone.

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Apple is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with its arch-nemesis Samsung over patent infringement in federal court in California. The company was responsible for manufacturing third of the smartphones sold in the U.S. last quarter. Back in April a trade judge stated that Apple copied a patent from Motorola Mobility that featured a technique that computers use to transfer signals through Wi-Fi. The final decision will be announced on August 24 after the complaint is reviewed.

A vital factor is if the commission should issue a ban on product imports that infringe patents on technology as used in the industry standards. Firms promise to license patents that include standards so that electronics work together, on fair and just terms. Apple has insisted that the issue of fairness has to be settled in a federal district court, because the commission lacks the authority to designate amounts as damages.

Motorola has stated that Apple is seeking useless methods to avoid judgment for copying features of patents licensed to another company. Apple’s suit against Motorola has been declared as void and two other patents were said to be of no value. Apple is appealing against the decision as of now.

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