“When Motorola preemptively launched their declaration judgment action against Apple earlier this month, we knew that Apple was likely to launch multiple patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola once their licensing negotiations failed to produce an agreement,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Late yesterday, Apple filed a pair of patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola Inc. and Motorola Mobility Inc. in the Wisconsin Western District Court. The combined lawsuits cover six patents – none of which were covered by Motorola Mobility Inc.’s filed lawsuits.”
“According to court documents, Apple states that the Accused Products are mobile devices, such as smartphones, and associated software, including operating systems, user interfaces, and other application software designed for use on, and loaded onto, such devices,” Purcher reports. “Upon information and belief, these products are manufactured, marketed and/or sold by Motorola in the United States. At least the following mobile devices infringe one or more claims of one or more of the Asserted Patents: Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, Cliq XT, BackFlip, Devour A555, Devour i1, and Charm.1.”
The following information pertains to six granted patents listed in Apple’s two distinct lawsuits.
• Ellipse Fitting for Multi-Touch Surfaces
• Multipoint Touchscreen:
• Object-Oriented System Locator System
• Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Heuristics
• Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System
• Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The chickens are coming home to roost for Google and their Android suckers, er… partners. And, this time around, there’s no poorly-written contract signed by an unprepared sugared water salesbozo.” Wherever their IP in infringed upon, Apple should make the thieves pay dearly.
Google’s going to rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them. Google at least has another business to fall back on, but their hapless, desperate, and now totally dependent device assemblers like Motorola and HTC are really going to get whacked.
• We’ve been pushing the state-of-the-art in every facet of design… We’ve been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this and we’ve filed for over 200 patents for all of the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them. – Apple CEO Steve Jobs when unveiling iPhone, January 9, 2007
• We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP, in which case we will go after them. We will not stand for having our IP ripped-off and we will use any weapons at our disposal [to stop it]. – Apple COO Tim Cook, January 21, 2009