Apple may want to consider making the courtroom its permanent residence. Not long after wrapping up closing arguments in its infringement case against Samsung, the Cupertino company is being taken to task by Motorola Mobility. And for what? Patent-infringement.
Motorola is claiming Apple was unwilling to work out a license for the patents in question — patents regarding location reminders, e-mail notifications and even Siri — which is why the Google unit is going on the offensive.
“We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations,” Motorola Mobility said in an e-mail statement.
If Motorola’s complaint to the U.S. ITC proves successful, a potential import ban on the iPhone, iPad and even Mac computers could be in order. The two companies have been at odds since 2010 after licensing talks broke down. Apple previously argued that Motorola is making “unreasonable demands,” and has stood by that view since. In addition, Apple has said that Motorola-made devices running Android “are copying key patented features of the iPhone,” Bloomberg wrote.
Motorola is already awaiting verdict in a previous case with Apple, which saw a judge side with the Google unit over a Wi-Fi patent. The final decision is set to be made on Aug. 24.