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Apple and Motorola Tangle Over Patents

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Oct 30, 2010, 3:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Apple has countersued Motorola for patent violation after Motorola sued in an attempt to invalidate some of Apple's smartphone patents. Motorola claims that 20 of Apple's patents aren't applicable to its products. Apple claims that Motorola is violating some 6 of its patents, specifying its multi-touch and other operating system patents. These lawsuits are the latest in a long string of litigation between Apple, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Nokia, and other companies, as each seeks to establish its intellectual properties' legitimacy.

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Oct 30, 2010, 3:43 PM

The fact Motorola isn't dead is what's amusing...

Motorola hasn't had any R&D for the past half of the decade. Once a company that pioneered impossible form factors, Motorola has produced garbage at a rate that would make HTC Blush.

A desperate attempt by VZW to push the Droid as a legitimate iPhone competitor gave them a dead cat bounce, but they're still making less than $1.00 per handset sold- and Google is footing the bill for the core OS *and* advertising. And you can whine about the reported issues the Palm Pre or iPhone 4 has had, it's a drop in the bucket next to any turd in Motorola's lineup today.

I don't know how any company that makes the Q, the RAZR (Especially Sprint's version), the CLIQ, The I1, The Backflip, the FlipOut, the Q9M, and the ROKR still stays in business. H...
I would rather have an HTC (I do) than a crapple, and I can have any phone I want. Motorola has an awesome phone in the Droid X and excellent build quality. I have more defective devices with my iphone sales than either Motorola or HTC's put together....
I mean seriously? Laughing Laughing Laughing
Embarassed *Sigh* Agreed. (Yes, I am ashamed to agree with him.)
If Motorola isn't responsible for their own successful smartphone line-up, why is Apple wasting their time on them instead of going after Google?

Nearly everything mentioned in the the patent suit is software related, and Moto is only responsible f...
It's sad considering Motorola is credited with the revolution of stylish cell phones, but it's undeniable that they have all but destroyed their brand.

R.I.P Motorola

Nov 1, 2010, 9:28 AM

The war

Tech is slowly getting stable. we just need to get thru 10 years of litigation and a new order will be established.

Oct 31, 2010, 12:31 PM


...What's it taste like?

Oct 30, 2010, 5:02 PM

I dont know who started it but...

With Apple having a bunch of patents all involving multi-touch good luck getting a "cool" phone when all this is over.
That's assuming the patents hold.

Patenting an "Idea" is stupid. Software programming, hardware design, of course. But saying "we don't care HOW you made it work, since it looks similar, we're going to sue" is counter productive.
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