Apple sues Motorola for infringing on patents related to multitouch and other access technologies in its Android smartphone lineup. Motorola had sued Apple earlier this month.
Apple fired back at Motorola for what it alleges is an infringement on
patents for multitouch and other touch-screen-related technologies the rival
phone maker employs in its popular Android smartphone lineup.
Three weeks after Motorola sued Apple over smartphone-related patents, Apple
filed two suits in the U.S. District Court in Wisconsin,
alleging Motorola handsets such as the Droid, Droid X and Droid 2 infringe on six
patents dealing with ways users access the handsets.
Apple is seeking damages and wants the court to halt Motorola from selling
its Droid phones. Patently Apple details the lawsuits here
The Droid devices, sold by Verizon Wireless, have helped Google's Android
platform top 20 percent market share in two years. They've also helped loose
Motorola from the phone sale doldrums, boosting
the company to a $109 million profit in the recently
Motorola said it will contest the lawsuits, the latest in a series of legal
skirmishes between Apple and other smartphone makers. The suits are part of
Apple's bid to slow Android's speedy rise in the market.
Apple launched its popular iPhone in 2007 with some solid innovations in
multitouch technology, including the practice of using two fingers to pinch and
zoom on the phone.
The iPhone, for which Apple has filed many patents, has grown to capture
25 percent of smartphone market share in the United
HTC in March, alleging
the phone maker infringed on 20 patents, including interface, hardware
technologies used in HTC's handsets,
including Android-based devices.
HTC fired back, suing
Apple for infringing on five patents, and requesting that
the International Trade Commission prevent Apple from selling its iPhone, iPod
and iPad devices in the United States.
Apple would file
a second suit versus HTC in June.
Microsoft got in on the Android-suing action earlier this month, suing
Motorola for violating
nine patents related to technologies in its Android
That came months after HTC agreed to pay
Microsoft royalties related to the use of
smartphone technologies in its Android phones.
Perhaps as a pre-emptive strike for legal action related to Android phones
from Apple, Motorola sued
Apple for infringing on Motorola patents in technology
used in the Apple iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers.
Motorola filed its complaints in the United
States and with the International Trade