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Motorola Sues Apple 176

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the sue-sue-sudio dept.
rexjoec writes "Just a week after Motorola Inc. (MOT) itself became the target of legal action by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), it sued Apple Inc. (AAPL) for the alleged infringement of 18 of its patents. Motorola subsidiary, Motorola Mobility Inc. also filed patent suits against Apple in federal court in Illinois and Florida."
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Motorola Sues Apple

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  • Sustainable? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MozeeToby (1163751) on Monday October 11, 2010 @10:58AM (#33859946)

    Is this really sustainable for the industry? It seems like every mobile company has patents that every other mobile company is either stepping on or tiptoeing around. I have to think that by this time next year all the major companies involved will have set up a meeting somewhere and agreed to cross license with each other. All these patent suits are just wrangling for a better position in the agreement that they all know is coming eventually. Of course, such an agreement would make it next to impossible for any new companies to enter the market, which I'm sure none of the current manufacturers would be sad about.

  • Business as usual... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Penguinisto (415985) on Monday October 11, 2010 @11:01AM (#33859990) Journal

    I think we're seeing something different here. Company A gets sued by Company B, because B wants a revenue stream from a stupid patent (especially since it's rather obvious that B is struggling in the mobile market pretty badly). Company A, also struggling, doesn't want to have to pay for the eventual licensing out of its own funds, so it sues Company C to get a revenue stream that it will in turn use to pay B with (and maybe get a bit of extra besides). Eventually everyone is suing everyone else to, well, pay everyone else.

    It all looks good on paper, though, and it'll confuse the hell out of shareholders enough to make them look profitable.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 11, 2010 @11:02AM (#33860002)

    Getting sued by other major cellphone makers for patent infrigment.

    Dumped into third place in sales by Google and Android.

    Defective hardware - botched antenna design, wonky proximity sensor, and glass casing problems.

    iOS woefully behind Android in features and ease of use.

    And Apple has stopped giving out their iPad sales numbers updates.

    At least they are doing better than Microsoft's colossal failure with the dead Kin and Windows Phone 7 OSes.

     

  • Re:Just great!! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gtirloni (1531285) on Monday October 11, 2010 @11:04AM (#33860034)
    When things are just bad enough, nothing changes. I'm also in favour of complete madness. Perhaps when we hit the bottom, these companies will be the ones advocating against software patents or at least to reform the current system.
  • Old resentment (Score:2, Interesting)

    by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Monday October 11, 2010 @11:11AM (#33860110)
    The transition from Motorola to Intel processors decided in 2005 by Apple may be another reason that encouraged Motorola to take legal action later on, when they could.

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