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Apple hits back at Motorola with patent suit

Accuses Droid maker of infringing six patents related to multitouch displays


Published: 31 October, 2010

READ MORE: US | Apple | Motorola | Display | Patents/IPR

The merry-go-round of smartphone litigation is whirling off its axis, with Apple now filing suit against Motorola. This is retaliation for Motorola's own patent lawsuit against Apple, filed two weeks ago, and adds another complication to the legal landscape - which has also seen Microsoft suing Motorola, Apple in two-way battles with both Nokia and HTC, and Oracle going after Google over Java and Android.

Apple claims Motorola's Android handsets infringe on six iPhone patents, connected to touchscreen software and other multitouch display technologies, including one hardware patent concerning how the screen tracks movement.

"Motorola's infringing activities have caused and will continue to cause Apple irreparable harm, for which it has no adequate remedy at law, unless Motorola's infringing activities are enjoined," Apple said in a nine-page filing with the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Motorola said it had not yet reviewed Apple's allegations, but that it intended to "pursue our litigation to halt Apple's continued infringement. "Motorola has a leading intellectual property portfolio, one of the strongest in the industry, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter," the company said in a statement to the Reuters news agency.

The smartphones named in the suit are the Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, Cliq XT, BackFlip, Devour A555, Devour i1 and Charm. Apple is demanding that these products be withdrawn from sales, their profits given to Apple, and that treble damages be awarded. Motorola, in its own actions, has called for the invalidation of certain Apple patents and an injunction on its products.

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