“Apple Inc. sued Motorola Inc., alleging that the company’s smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker’s intellectual property,” Shayndi Raice and Yukari Iwatani Kane report for The Wall Street Journal.
“The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October for patent infringement and were the latest skirmish in a long-running series of disputes in the fiercely competitive smartphone industry,” Raice and Kane report. “Apple, in its complaints, alleges that Motorola smartphones, including those in its Droid lineup, violate six Apple patents covering touch-screen and multitouch technology, as well as ways to display, access and interact with information on the phone. Apple is requesting a judge award damages and attorney’s fees and that the court stops Motorola from selling the products. The suits also single out the operating system.”
Raice and Kane report, “Apple in March sued another prominent producer of Android phones, Taiwan’s HTC Corp., alleging similar violations. Microsoft Corp. sued Motorola last month over phone patents, and Nokia Corp. and others also are tangled up in the disputes. The stakes are high for Motorola and Apple. Motorola plans to split off its cellphone unit into a separate business, and Android is the sole operating system Motorola uses for smartphones. Sales of Android-based phones propelled the mobile-devices division’s revenue up 20% in the latest quarter from a year earlier as Motorola shipped 3.8 million smartphones. Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones last quarter.”
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MacDailyNews Take: 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