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Apple Goes After Motorola's Droid in Patent Suit

Lora Bentley
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Smartphones That Work for Business

With the flack over Apple's claims that much of the sexiest smartphone tech falls under its patents, our Carl Weinschenk looks at the best mobile tech on the market.

Players in the mobile phone industry sure are keeping intellectual property attorneys busy.

 

Early last month, Microsoft opted to license smartphone patents from Acacia Research to avoid litigation. Late Friday, Apple filed two patent-infringement lawsuits against Motorola. According to Ars Technica, one involves Apple's multi-touch patents and the other elements of its user interface. Both were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

 

Ars writer Eric Bangeman says these particular suits were inevitable given that Motorola specifically targeted Apple earlier this year with its own lawsuits. It's true. But they may have happened even without the target on Apple's back, given the propensity of all the players in the smartphone arena to assert their respective rights. The market is a big one, with enormous potential, so everyone wants a piece of the action.

 


In the latest suits, Apple expressly pinpoints Motorola's Droid as the object of its enmity. Apple is also involved in IP litigation with HTC, Eastman Kodak, Nokia and NTP. Motorola is also party to the NTP litgation.


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