Apple is making sure that they stay at the top of the food chain with innovative devices, but they’re also seemingly hell bent on suing all rivals whenever possible to ensure the same. The latest suite filed by the Cupertino based tech company is against Motorola. On Friday, February 10, Apple filed a suite against Motorola Mobility in a U.S. court. The suite was filed as an attempt to prevent MOTO from asserting some patent claims against Apple in Germany.

The suit, filed in a San Diego federal court, argues that Motorola's German lawsuit against Apple breaches terms of a patent licensing agreement between Motorola and Qualcomm.

Another suite for the Apple

Another suite for the big bad fruit…

Apple and Motorola are engaged in global patent litigation, part of a broader legal fight over the smartphone market with billions of dollars at stake. Motorola representative Christa Smith declined to comment on the specific details of the case, but said the company “will continue to vigorously protect our intellectual property.” An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment, and a Qualcomm representative could not be reached.

Google Inc is expected to win approval next week from European regulators, as well as from U.S. antitrust authorities, for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility. Earlier this week, Google pledged to license Motorola patents on fair and reasonable terms if the deal succeeds.

In letters to standard-setting organisations around the world, it promised to keep a cap on the fees it charges for licensing its technology. That cap would be 2.25 percent of the net selling price for each phone. Google also outlined the conditions under which it would sue companies for patent infringement.

In the latest lawsuit, however, Apple accused Motorola of pursuing an aggressive international campaign of litigation that “flies in the face” of its promise to license standards essential patents on fair and reasonable terms. “Despite owning scores of standards essential patents, Apple has never asserted a standard essential patent in litigation,” it said.

Apple says that as a Qualcomm customer, Apple is a third-party beneficiary of Motorola's agreement with Qualcomm. Under that agreement, Motorola's rights under certain patents are exhausted, Apple argues.


Publish date: February 13, 2012 1:18 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 9:35 pm

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