updated 08:45 am EST, Fri December 3, 2010
Apple widens Moto lawsuit to get 12 more patents
Apple has quietly widened the scope of its ongoing countersuits against Motorola to include 12 more patents. The iPhone maker on Wednesday amended a Wisconsin lawsuit to accuse Motorola of infringing on 12 extra patents beyond the 12 that were already in play, most of which target Android. The move was a response to a motion for a declaratory judgment by Motorola in Delaware that could theoretically have ruled the patents invalid and prevented Apple from using them in court.
The new motion was accompanied by one on Thursday to dismiss Motorola's declaratory judgment case in Delaware or else move it to Wisconsin to better relate it to the widened lawsuit.
Apple also notably drew a connection to Motorola's countersuits against Microsoft. Transferring the Delaware motion to Wisconsin shouldn't be an issue if Motorola is already suing Microsoft there, the request said. Microsoft is already targeting Motorola in multiple ways, including suing to slow down Android and in a dispute over licenses for Xbox technology.
Expanding the legal action makes Motorola subject to as many as 24 Apple patents and gives Apple a symbolic edge, as Motorola's preemptive claims currently target Apple with 18 patents. Motorola is widely believed to have filed first suspecting that Apple's suing of HTC was the start of a campaign against major Android phone makers to slow them down or extract royalties. Apple has been bolstering its legal team to help take the edge in lawsuits. [via Florian Mueller]