Motorola seeks an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud

ITC judges says Motorola Android phones not violating 3 Apple patents

Motorola has filed an injunction against Apple, claiming the iPhone 4S and iCloud infringe on six different patents. The six patents included in the suit are:

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,710,987 on a "receiver having concealed external antenna"
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 on a "multiple pager status synchronization system and method"; Motorola is asserting the European equivalent of this patent against Apple in Mannheim, with a decision (that will likely be favorable for Motorola) scheduled for Friday of next week (February 3, 2012)
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,958,006 on a "method and apparatus for communicating summarized data"
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,101,531 on a "system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client"
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,008,737 on an "apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device"
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,377,161 on a "method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information"

Motorola already has a suit against Apple from the fall of 2010 that's still on-going in the Florida court system. It was too late in the process for them to add these patents to the current case. They've instead opted to file it as a separate case. Since these new filings occurred following Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, it probably means that Google authorized Motorola to go ahead with the litigation. Since there's already a suit pending on some of these patents, the second trial may move quicker unless new claims are made. It seems typical for companies to go after patents they've already filed for infringement on as the process moves along a lot faster.

All of the above patents are being asserted against the iPhone 4S while two of them are also being asserted upon iCloud.

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Source: Foss Patents

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Motorola seeks an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud


I'm getting pretty tired of the back and forth on these, whether Apple is filing on Motorola, Motorola on Apple, or any other combination of huge tech companies.
As an aside, some of those areas covered by the patents seem pretty damned obvious to me.

Of course they are isn't this a hobby for all of them now? Doesn't Google own Motorola now? I thought this was dealt with, the antenna issues etc under a Fair Use judgement? What smartphone or tablet does not have this? I'm so tired of reading about lawsuits.

Fair Use refers to using a snippet of copyrighted material for educational, research, or otherwise novel purposes. You might be referring to "standards-essential" patents, whereby when a patent is deemed a necessary component of an industry standard, the patent owner has certain licensing obligations, and reduced rights to assert those patents against competitors. Those are at the center of another patent fight, between Apple and Samsung. This patent imbroglio between Motorola and Apple is an entirely separate set.

There is the issue of consistent enforcement of one's patent. If all violators aren't pursued equally upon violating the patent then the owner of the patent can't pick and choose who they wish to go after. Targeting Apply or Google or Motorola simply because of who they are is nothing more then a waste of money unless it is to boost brand recognition and the case ruling is secondary.

SO who is the lawsuit from, Motorola and Google or just Motorola? Either way it's the same I guess, After looking at the list, what phone, or tablet maybe too, do not use this technology? Are they going to sue them all including Google? LOL Oh this is too much

Great. Another lawsuit. More lawyers getting rich. There's no recession for the lawyers. Good luck with that lawsuit there, Motorla/Google Borg. They can't do anything about the iPhone 4S's already sold. I guess Apple's sales figures pissed Google off huh? LOL!!!!

Woot! Go Google! Nice to see that they're taking steps to protect their partners, and hitting back against Apples lawsuits. I don't hate Apple by any means, I love my iPad, but I also love my HTC phone and It's about high time that Apples stops their patent-trolling and ridiculous lawsuits against lock screens and touchscreen devices!
Btw: patent trolling isn't exactly a new problem... There were huge issues around the time of the first world war, with airplane manufacturers suing each other over patents regarding wings and propellers and similar ridiculousness. It didn't stop before the government stepped in and told them to STFU and get on with it, because it would interfere with the war effort...