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Motorola Mobility Ratchets Up Patent Attack on Apple
The Google subsidiary claims Siri and Apple functionality tread on its IP
By: Maureen O'Gara
Aug. 21, 2012 07:30 AM
Motorola Mobility has sued Apple again for patent infringement.
This time it's changed tack and left its standards-essential patents home. It's using seven feature patents instead in an attempt to get the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs barred from being imported into the US by the International Trade Commission.
The Google subsidiary claims Siri and Apple functionality such as location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players tread on its IP.
A statement from Motorola Mobility made clear the motives FOSS Patents has always imputed to it. It wants to cut a financially painless cross-patent license or a mutual covenant not to sue.
"We would like to settle these patent matters," it said, "but Apple's unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers' innovations."
A decision on a previous ITC suit brought by Motorola Mobility against Apple is due to be decided Friday by the ITC's commissioners. A trade judge found Apple guilty of infringing one Motorola standards-essential patent and the final decision got kicked upstairs.
Motorola has demanded 2.4% of Apple sales to license its standards-essential patents, not exactly FRAND terms.
Given the outcry that its terms have aroused from Congress, judges, the Federal Trade Commission, regulators and Apple competitors Motorola is not expected to get a ban Friday, which FOSS says wouldn't impact the iPhone 4S, iPad 4G or upcoming iPhone 5 anyway since they use Qualcomm chips.
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