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Motorola v. Apple (2010, USA)

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In early October 2010, Motorola accused Apple of infringing 18 patents and filed suit in the USA in Northern Illinois and Southern Florida federal district courts.[1]

On the 30th October, Apple filed a counter-suit in the USA,[2] initially listing 12 patents allegedly infringed, and later amending the suit to list 24 patents.[3] 21 are for distribution of Android software, 3 for set-top box video recorders.[4] Apple also applied to the United States International Trade Commission asking for an import ban on certain Motorola products, but this was rejected in January 2012.[5]


[edit] The patents

(Can you help? How many are software patents? (See: Definition of software patent).)

Motorola accuses Apple of infringing 18 patents,[6] some of which seem to be software patents.

[edit] Those which are or might be software patents

  • 5,311,516: Paging system using message fragmentation to redistribute traffic
  • 5,319,712: Method and apparatus for providing cryptographic protection of a data stream in a communication system
  • 5,490,230: Digital speech coder having optimized signal energy parameters
  • 5,572,193: Method for authentication and protection of subscribers in telecommunication systems
  • 6,175,559: Method for generating preamble sequences in a code division multiple access system
  • 6,359,898: Method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system
  • 5,359,317: Method and apparatus for selectively storing a portion of a received message in a selective call receiver
  • 6,246,697: Method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access signal
  • 6,272,333: Method and apparatus in a wireless communication system for controlling a delivery of data
  • 7,751,826: System and method for E911 location privacy protection
  • 5,754,119: Multiple pager status synchronization system and method
  • 5,958,006: Method and apparatus for communicating summarized data
  • 6,008,737: Apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device
  • 6,101,531: System for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client
  • 6,377,161: Method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information

[edit] Hardware patents

The following appear to be hardware patents and thus aren't a danger to software developers:

  • 5,710,987: Receiver having concealed external antenna
  • 6,246,862: Sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device
  • 6,578,054: Methods of adaptive channel access attempts

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[edit] References

  1. http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/10/motorola-asks-itc-two-federal-courts-to-throw-book-at-apple.ars
  2. http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/30/apple-sues-motorola-right-back-over-six-patents/
  3. http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/12/04/apple_adds_12_more_patents_to_lawsuit_against_motorola.html
  4. http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/12/07/021247
  5. http://www.usitc.gov/press_room/documents/337_750_ID.pdf
  6. http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/10/motorola-asks-itc-two-federal-courts-to-throw-book-at-apple.ars

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