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Apple sues Motorola over touch screen patents

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, November 1, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPhone

Following a lawsuit and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint filed by Motorola Mobility against Apple last month, Apple has filed a pair of patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola and Motorola Mobility. The suits, which name the Motorola Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, Cliq XT, BackFlip, Devour, and Charm as potentially infringing products, center around a handful of Apple patents related to multi-touch technology. According to Patently Apple, the suits specifically reference Apple patents covering an ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces, a multipoint touchscreen, an object-oriented system locator system, a touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics, a method and apparatus for displaying and accessing control and status information in a computer system, and support for custom user-interaction elements in a graphical, event-driven computer system. Apple is seeking a judgment that Motorola has directly infringed, induced infringement, and/or contributed to the infringement of one or more claims of the listed patents, a judgement blocking Motorola or its partners from further infringement, and damages.

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Comments

1

Quite a bit of chutzpa from an outfit that co-opted the mouse and graphical user interface.

Posted by Charles Farley on November 1, 2010 at 9:47 AM (PDT)

2

and I’m preeeeeety sure touch screen technology was around before the iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Posted by E on November 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM (PDT)

3

Even if this sound funny.  I see so many companies suing against apple all the dang time.  Apple can do that too.  The sue might sound funny but im sure that apples lawyers did their homework.

Posted by dennis on November 2, 2010 at 4:49 AM (PDT)

4

I always thought it interesting that all other phone makers used the exact same multi touch Apple did only after its introduction I think it is about time. Even Google didn’t allow multi-touch originally in their api’s and then left it up to the individual companies to use it or not.

Posted by andrew on November 2, 2010 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

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