Google wants iPhone, iPad import ban in new ITC patent-based case

by: Chris SmithAugust 18, 2012

Motorola, which is now owned by Google, filed a new patent-based claim with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Apple, seeking an import ban in the U.S. against several Apple products including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Google, via Motorola, is attacking Apple with seven patents, and neither one is a FRAND, or a standards essential patent. According to Bloomberg, some of Motorola’s allegedly infringed patents cover technologies related to location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players. In addition to other features on Apple devices that are apparently in violation of these patents, the voice-based Siri assistant is also named, which is definitely an interesting detail for the case.

Motorola is arguing that Apple is avoiding licensing talks and that’s why it resorted to bringing another case against the iPhone maker at the ITC:

“We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations,” Motorola Mobility said in an e-mailed statement.

This is Motorola’s second ITC complaint against Apple, with the first one, largely based on FRAND patents, scheduled for a final ruling for August 24. In that case, an ITC judge said in April that Apple infringed one of the four Motorola patents in play, although that’s a Wi-Fi-related FRAND patent and it will be interesting to see whether the Commission will issue an unfavorable verdict against Apple – a product ban – based on standards essential patents.

Currently, Apple is engaged alongside Samsung in one of the most interesting patent-based battles to date in the mobile business, but the company is also fighting against Motorola (Google) and HTC in other courts, so the patent wars among giants are yet to come to an end.

We’ll also remind you that a patent-based case between Apple and Motorola has been recently dismissed with prejudice in Chicago, and that the two companies are fighting similar battles in other regions of the world.

  • MasterMuffin

    everyone against apple, and apple isn’t loosing… only company that won apple in court and got money lot was nokia (!), if I remember correctly they got many billions…

    • Apple’s the new guy on the block, but enough people have gotten apple to see the support bureaucracy involved and the “me” attitude of the company

      • MasterMuffin

        And angry kid attitude

  • TommyNYC

    F*CK YES!
    Never going to happen but the trial and mess around it should do enough damage that Apple might, just might see how stupid they are and cut the crap.
    I doubt Google are after anything other then showing Apple that two can play that game.


  • Apple sued Galaxy in a frivolous lawsuit proving their desperation to keep their market share in an environment offering better products and better support. Now Google gives Apple a taste of its own medicine.

    • T Bridget

      Au contre, I believe Google is simply throwing a tantrum about their shares reducing exponentially because Apple will soon no longer support Google Maps.

      • Marvin Nakajima

        I’m guessing you mean a large (increasing) portion of the audience for Google Maps will be gone due to Apple no longer having a Google Map app pre-installed on the iOS devices. Personally I don’t think the drop will be quite that drastic considering that unless users themselves boycott Google Maps intentionally there are other venues where iOS will encounter and use Google Maps. e.g. Websites that use it, users intentionally installing the app. In addition there is an every increasing number of Smartphone users dampening the actual number of ‘losses’.

  • Google should be operating with renewed motivation and confidence today – either with this lawsuit or with its general promotional objectives. All signs point to Android thumping iOS in the battle for smartphone supremacy. Almost 70% of smartphones shipped in Q2 were Android powered devices. The Android developers I know and work with are now making more money with Android than iOS (thanks to the likes of and others. Android is on a roll. And I don’t see it ending any time soon.

  • apple got a taste of their own medicine. lots of people respected apple until this recent lawsuit against Samsung. Shame on them >->;

  • yarrellray

    This MAKES ME SO HAPPY to say the least. Apple started this WAR and GOOGLE will end it. I applaud SAMSUNG for standing up and letting the bully know that they was not going to bend for them. Trust me Apple can’t fight everybody and won’t win everybody. It’s in there best interest to just stop now before they get CRUSHED. Apple iphone products are USELESS at best and if I was offered one for free I would NEVER except it. My Galaxy S3 PIMP SLAPS any apple iphone made recently or not yet announced.

  • Frank

    I think this is the worse case ever!!

  • Hannah Martin

    Finnaly bought my Apple iPad after reading this review and so glad I did, this thing is great, the new retina display looks great, highly recommend ordering it.