ITC Will Hear Motorola's Patent Infringement Claims Against Apple

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The latest in the patent war between various and sundry smartphone makers involves Motorola, Apple, and the International Trade Commission (ITC).


I mentioned Monday that Apple is suing Motorola for patent infringement involving its Droid devices, and that the suits are likely retaliation for Motorola's attempt earlier this year to see certain Apple patents invalidated. According to Computerworld, the ITC has also decided to hear Motorola's claims of infringement against Apple.


Motorola's complaint accuses Apple of violating 18 of its patents, the story says, on technology addressing everything from "antenna design, 802.11, wireless e-mail, proximity sensing and location-based services." As is typical in ITC proceedings, the company requests an order barring the importation of products that violate its patents.


In the next 45 days, the commission will announce a target date for completion of the investigation.


In other ITC news, the commission has indicated that Apple is unlikely to succeed on its patent infringement claims against Nokia.

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Nov 11, 2010 12:02 PM Joe Restivo Joe Restivo  says:

I can't believe I'm still hearing about Apple & Motorola patent lawsuits! They're essentially the same products, of course they are going to have similarities. They need a refresher of the definition of Patent Infringement ( ). I can only imagine the amount of head-aches Apple's attorneys have when it comes to this stuff.

Nov 27, 2010 4:35 AM Don Dave Don Dave  says: in response to Joe Restivo

I think the bigger question is what parts of Apple's patents are invalid, and how could this effect other lawsuits? Apple knew it could step in some poop with these lawsuits. If their patents are declared invalid due to prior art, then apple would be violating others IP right.


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