Motorola Hits Apple with Fresh Litigation
Google-owned Motorola has initiated new legal action against iPhone maker Apple. Motorola on Friday filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that Apple is violating seven of its patents. Motorola says the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch violate these patents, and it is asking that ITC prevent Apple from importing them into the U.S. "We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple's unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers' innovations," said Motorola in a statement. According to the Wall Street Journal, none of the patents have been deemed standard essential, which must be licensed under fair and reasonable terms. The exact nature of the patents was not made clear by Motorola.
Qualcomm Says iPhone Violating 16 More Patents
Qualcomm this week filed yet more lawsuits against Apple over alleged patent infringement. Three new lawsuits say Apple's iPhones violate some 16 additional Qualcomm patents.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
ITC Agrees to Review Qualcomm's Complaints Against Apple
The International Trade Commission today said it will investigate claims made by Qualcomm that Apple is infringing on its patents. Specifically, Qualcomm says the processor and baseband in the iPhone 7 are violating its patented technology.
They Just Had Their Previous Lawsuits Dismissed!
The judge should require Apple and Motorola to repay the taxpayers for all the money they wasted fighting frivolous lawsuits in court.