Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement

Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:02pm EST

Customers try out the iPhone 4S at the Apple retail store in San Francisco, California November 17, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Customers try out the iPhone 4S at the Apple retail store in San Francisco, California November 17, 2011.

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(Reuters) - Motorola Mobility, which is seeking regulatory approval to be bought by Google Inc, has filed a new lawsuit against Apple Inc accusing the iPhone maker of infringing its technology patents.

The case filed in a Florida federal court on Wednesday is the latest turn in a bigger legal battle between Apple and Motorola Mobility, which runs its phones on Google's Android software -- the biggest rival of Apple's iOS mobile phone system.

Motorola said the patents cited in the latest lawsuit are the same ones it is fighting to protect in a different Florida lawsuit. This complaint is against two of Apple's latest products, the iPhone 4S and Apple's iCloud remote storage service for music and other media, Motorola said.

In the lawsuit, Motorola said it was suing Apple for infringing six of its patents involving technologies related to wireless antennae, software, data filtering and messaging.

A spokesperson for Apple was not immediately available for comment.

The filing follows a preliminary decision issued earlier this month by the U.S. International Trade Commission that Motorola did not violate Apple patents in another case Apple brought against Motorola.

In December, Motorola won a preliminary injunction against Apple in Germany, which could bar the sale of iPhones and iPad tablets in that country. Google agreed to buy Motorola for $12.5 billion in August in an effort to gain control of the mobile phone maker's deep portfolio of patents.

The case is Motorola Mobility Inc vs Apple Inc, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case No.


(Reporting By Sinead Carew; Editing by Bernard Orr and Mark Porter)

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Comments (2)
moises1204 wrote:
apple gets a taste of their own medicine.

Jan 25, 2012 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
liveinterface wrote:
Moto was the leader in high-tech mobile before Apple came around. I’m surprised they haven’t played this hand earlier as Apple as done since day one. Most everything Apple’s iPhone does has some tech that moto did first.

Jan 28, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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