Apple Countersues Motorola Over Multi-Touch Patent Infringements
Just when we were beginning to wonder if Apple had no response to Motorola's patent infringement suit against it, Apple has responded in kind by filing two lawsuits against Motorola.
The two lawsuits allege a total of six patent infringements by Motorola related to various technologies originally used in the Apple iPhone. The lawsuits filed in a U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin claims that Motorola has infringed upon as many as six multi-touch gestures related patents used on the iPhone.
Quite a few Motorola handsets too have been named in the suit with the likes of the Android based Droid, Droid 2, Droid X and the Backflip making an appearance in the list.
Here are the details of the infringed patents:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 – "Elipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces"
- U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 – "Multipoint touchscreen"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 – "Object-oriented system locator system"
- U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 – "Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics"
- U.S. Patent No. 6,493,002 – "Method and apparatus for displaying and accessing control and status information in a computer system"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,838,315 – "Support for custom user-interaction elements in a graphical, event-driven computer system"
It was just a few weeks ago that Motorola surprised Apple with a lawsuit it filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission. That lawsuit accuses Apple of infringing upon several Motorola patents for technologies related to 3G, GPRS, 802.11 wireless, and antenna design.
Motorola also alleges that it had asked Apple to license these patented technologies in the midst of "lengthy negotiations". However, both companies did not reach a deal following which Apple "refused" to pay for a license and then used these technologies without the explicit permission of Motorola.
This latest lawsuit is the latest addition to a list of lawsuits being filed amongst mobile phone manufacturers. In the past, Nokia had sued Apple followed by Apple counter-suing Nokia. HTC then came in to the fray and sued Apple with Apple suing them back.
It looks like 2011 would be witness to a long drawn legal tussle amongst various bigwigs of the mobile phone world!