Jan 26 AT 10:30 AM Edgar Cervantes 26 Comments

Motorola sues Apple with Google’s support, retaliation continues


The battle between Apple and Google (and company) has been fierce. Lawsuit after lawsuit, Apple has been bombarding Android manufacturers with patent infringement cases. This drama is no where near its end, but this time the tables are turning around. Motorola Mobility has just filed another patent infringement lawsuit against Cupertino’s giant. This time the fight takes place in Florida, with 6 patents at hand.

Said patent infringement accusations apply to two of Apple’s latest products – the iPhone 4S and iCloud. Here are the patents Motorola is taking Apple to court for:

Motorola was not able to include both the iPhone 4S and iCloud during a lawsuit that started in late 2010. Such devices were not yet relevant, and Motorola was adviced by the Judge to follow with another lawsuit regarding these products. A major change took place in between, though – The proposition of the Google/Motorola merger, which was meant to increase Google’s patent repertoire (as far as we know).

Section 5.01(j) of the Google-Motorola Merger Agreement prohibits Motorola Mobility from “asserting any Intellectual Property Right in any new Action” without Google’s consent, that is. This means that Android’s creators are more than willing to fight back in this on-going struggle.

Things are not looking bad for Motorola, either. The manufacturer is currently awaiting a decision from Mannheim (next Friday, February 3rd), with the European equivalent to patent 5,754,119. Odds are leaning towards Motorola’s victory there, meaning that the outcome might be the same in the US.

Let’s just hope that these actions get Apple (and company) off their high horse. For now, we will have to sit tight and wait to hear more details. That does not mean we can’t speculate. Do you think Motorola can pull this one off?

Via: Foss Patents

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • booyootoo

    First signs of google using Motorola for patent fights.

    Exciting news. Hope other manufacturers see what the acquisition was really about. As far as Android concerns…

    • delinear

      I’m not sure exciting is the word I’d use but it’s good to know Android has enough of a patent war chest to defend itself. in the long run, all patents stifle progress, imagine the phones we’d have by now if IP law wasn’t so far reaching.

      • Dikembe

        You do realise you’re describing android in that monologue up there (well, aside from stealing= open source)

        Any person or company can start new devices with (for example) face unlock, out any other feature of ics. All for free, without fear of lawsuit from google.

        You don’t see Samsung, htc, lg, etc. Sitting on their asses.

        Sammy has samoled. htc has additional user features ages before. lg, htc both have 3d.

    • yankeesusa

      The merger was completed last year. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to use the patents unless motorola had signed some prior agreement. Either way this is great. I know these back and forth lawsuits are horrible and in the end affect the consumer but I think android will use this to better android and make better software. I’m glad there is a high probability they will win.

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  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Let’s just all get along and keep competing and pushing the envelope of technology further and further!

    But after all of these lawsuits by Apple, it’s nice to see them get a taste of their own medicine.

  • OnIn2

    Oh We’re Not Gonna Take It
    no, We Ain’t Gonna Take It
    oh We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore


    this is good… first of many to come if you ask me.. hopefully at some point the courts will say “enough of this BS!”

    • WlfHart

      Yeah, if the courts ever got fed up with this we might be lucky enough to get that IP overhaul.

  • Kinchas

    Apple has miss played this…horribly. Once the validity of your patents starts to be undermined by court decisions, it exposes the weak underside of all of your remaining untested patents. They should have attacked with their strongest patents first and exclusively. Establish a patent beach head, then try to finesse the weaker patents behind that. After all…they really only need one successful…major…patent to hold. Makes you wonder just how weak the rest of their patents are. By the way…Microsoft…you better be looking at this as well. You may be overplaying your hand as well.

  • Skis03

    It is about time Google has been able to strike back.

  • E

    Ah this is awsome I hope everybody else steps up and sues the hell outta apple aswell

  • spazby

    Fighting fire with fire, sometimes has to be done even though in the long run, it hurts consumers.

  • HoLfElDeR

    me gusta :D

  • nippi

    this all was started by apple,now apple is getting dose of its own medicine.apple lawsuit tells us how insecure and threatened apple feels by android.

  • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan

    Honestly, I feel something has to be done more with the Microsoft problem then Apple when it comes to Android. The fact that MS is making money every time an Android phone is sold is just wrong.

    • yankeesusa

      Agreed! Microsoft needs to be stopped in taking advantage of manufacturers. The only good I see here is that android is still spreading like wildfire. Hopefully with ics and newer os a lot of these agreements wont matter anymore.

  • McLovin

    I can’t remember if I found this here or somewhere else but this is a very good introduction to the problem with software patents, ala Software Patents for Dummies…


  • No_Smoking

    Just wanted to say, first time seeing that image, and its awesome!

    • Billy

      Yeah … that was my thought also .. I want a larger size for a desktop background.

    • reddragonman

      Totally agree. Would put this as my phone background!

  • KoldKore

    Apple won’t be on top forever. Their arrogance and greed will be their ultimate downfall.

  • aranea

    Go motorola!