Yet another dispute over intellectual property among phone-making tech companies has ensued–specifically, more troubles for Apple.
On October 6, 2010, Motorola Inc. filed complaints against Apple Inc. for patent infringement. The complaints were filed in the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of Florida, and a complaint was also filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Motorola’s complaints cover 18 patents relating to their “early-stage technologies”– allegedly found in such products as Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and some Mac computers. It appears that Motorola is accusing Apple of intentionally infringing on the patents, rather than obtaining a license for the technology. Kirk Dailey, a vice president of intellectual property for Motorola, stated Apple “refused to take a license” after the two companies had engaged in lengthy negotiations. We will just have to wait to see how this legal matter unfolds.