updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed October 6, 2010
Suit aimed at iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs
Motorola has filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of violating 18 patents related to a variety of products. The International Trade Commission complaint argues that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac computers each utilize technology protected by Motorola's range of patents.
The patents include several claims related to wireless technologies, such as WCDMA, GPRS, Wi-Fi and antenna design. Other patents involve smartphone software features, including wireless e-mail, proximity sensing, app management, location-based services and synchronization between multiple devices.
Aside from the mobile patents, Apple is also accused of using Motorola's intellectual property for other services such as MobileMe and the App Store.
Motorola is asking the ITC to investigate the mater and grant an Exclusion Order banning Apple from importing the infringing products, prohibiting sales of products already imported, and barring marketing campaigns. The plaintiff is also seeking compensation for past infringement, although a specific number for the payout has yet to emerge.
"After Apple's late entry into the telecommunications market, we engaged in lengthy negotiations, but Apple has refused to take a license," Motorola Mobility corporate VP Kirk Dailey said in an official statement. "We had no choice but to file these complaints to halt Apple's continued infringement."