Friday, August 17, 2012, 07:36 pm
Motorola files new ITC suit against Apple, claims patent infringement [u]Google-owned Motorola on Friday filed its second U.S. International Trade Commission suit against Apple, claiming the iPhone, iPad and certain Mac computers infringe on owned patents.
Update: Bloomberg now reports Motorola Mobility said the ITC complaint "claims infringement of seven Motorola Mobility patents on features including location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players."
While details are scarce, Bloomberg notes the ITC suit could result in a U.S. import ban of Apple products using the patents Motorola claims are being infringed upon. The exact patents and allegations remain unknown as the filing has not yet been made available to the public.
The new ITC filing is the second such complaint from Motorola, the first stemming from failed licensing negotiations dating back to 2010. Apple entered counter-claims saying that Google Android handsets, including those made by Motorola, copy the Cupertino, Calif., company's own patents. The countersuit ultimately failed, and Motorola was cleared of the charges in March. Apple is currently in the process of appealing the ruling.
The ITC is set to rule on a review of an April finding in which Trade Judge Thomas Pender deemed Apple violated one of the four Motorola patents in question. The full commission's decision is expected to be handed down on Aug. 24.
Motorola issued a statement regarding the situation, which reads, We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apples unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers innovations."
Apple did not issue an official response.
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