Motorola Slaps iPhone Maker Apple with Patent Suit

Oh, the world of drama that is the telecom industry. As if Microsoft Corp.s recent lawsuit against Motorola Inc. or Apple Inc.s case against HTC werent enough, now Motorola has turned around to sue Apple.

The maker of the Droid handset series says certain technologies in the iPhone, iPad, iTouch, and some Mac computers, infringe on its intellectual property, in what looks like another case of, if you cant beat em, sue em. Motorola said Apple is illegally using 18 of its patents related to aspects including WCDMA 3G, GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, as well as wireless e-mail, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multidevice synchronization. (Anyone else find the WCDMA claim interesting, since Apple has yet to release a CDMA-compatible phone?)

Motorola insisted it has tried to negotiate with Apple, to no avail.

After Apple’s late entry into the telecommunications market, we engaged in lengthy negotiations, but Apple has refused to take a license,” Kirk Dailey, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola Mobility, said in a prepared statement. We had no choice but to file these complaints to halt Apple’s continued infringement. Motorola will continue to take all necessary steps to protect its R&D and intellectual property, which are critical to the company’s business."

Motorola wants the U.S. federal government to bar imports and further sales of the Apple products in question, as well as an end to Apples marketing, advertising and warehousing of those devices. Motorola also wants Apple to stop using the technology at issue and seeks retroactive financial compensation.

Motorola filed its suit in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida. Apple isnt commenting on the litigation.

Motorolas allegations come less than a week after Microsoft slapped the Droid maker with claims that it is usurping Microsoft innovations[that] help make smartphones smart.”

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