Apple in involved in a rather complex war against Android on multiple fronts. The company is suing prominent Android makers such as Motorola, Samsung and HTC in various worldwide markets alleging that they’re infringing certain patents related to iPhone, iPad and iOS. On their part, those companies are countersuing Apple and bringing their own patent claims to courts, with Google not having been directly involved in any of these lawsuits until now.
As many of you already know, Google has been recently approved to purchase Motorola and the Search giant will now be actively involved in Motorola’s legal battles with the iPhone maker.
Reuters on Wednesday reported that Apple and Motorola will face each other “at a crucial hearing” in Chicago where their legal advisors are scheduled to make their cases in a hearing presided by Federal Judge Richard Posner. That’s the same judge that decided to dismiss Apple’s case against Motorola a few weeks ago, only to quickly change his mind and grant a new hearing to the two companies.
The Apple vs Motorola conflict started in October 2010, when Motorola sued Apple, with the latter quickly bringing its own case against Motorola during the same month. Since then, and until the unexpected dismissal of the case, judge Posner issued a series of rulings in Apple’s favor, eliminating most of Motorola’s patents in its trial against Apple, while maintaining most of Apple’s claims against Motorola.
Today’s hearing is important to both Google and Apple, especially since Motorola and Apple are embroiled in similar patent wars in Europe but also because the outcome of the U.S. trials may influence other legal battles between Apple and other Android device makers.