You may have heard that Motorola has filed a new complaint against Apple seeking the ban onApple products in the U.S. due to patent infringement. New details have surfaced, with the ITC posting a copy of the full complaint online.
The lawsuit, filed with the International trade Commission last Friday, seeks an import ban on products that include the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac computers. TechCrunch has offered a summary of the lawsuit's salient points, which focus on these seven patents:
- 5,883,580: Patent relates to processing messages in the context of space and time. Motorola says Apple's location-reminders infringe upon this patent.
- 5,922,047: Patent relates to communications and control systems for multimedia, particularly “control over a plurality of media applications including telephony, video conferencing, analog video, digital video, and AC power line signaling …” Motorola says the iPhone and iPad infringe on this patent.
- 6,425,002: Patent is for communications devices, ensuring apps installed only receive messages of interest.
- 6,983,370: This patent relates to continuity between messaging client, particularly the ability to sync messaging capabilities of multiple devices. Motorola says all Apple devices infringe on this patent, except the iPod and Apple TV.
- 6,493,673: Patent is for communications devices that are capable of providing interactive services. This involves a prompt, input mechanism and converting audible user input into a text string.
- 7,007,064: Patent discloses an “apparatus and method for obtaining and managing wirelessly communicated content.”
- 7,383,983: Patent is for managing content between devices in various domains. The patent also relates to “pausing content in one device and resuming playback of the content in another device.”
Motorola has filed the patent complaint against the ITC, saying Apple has refused to negotiate licensing terms for these technologies. If the ITC sides with Motorola (and effectively, Google) in this case, the trade commission could enforce an import ban on Apple products, which means virtually all Apple devices manufactured in its facilities in China and elsewhere.
It could be argued that Apple may instead choose to produce its goods within American soil, given that it can accommodate additional costs within its hefty profit margin. But this will result in reduced earnings for the company.
At this point, however what is effectively an Apple vs. Android patent war is likely to lead to a review of the patent system, given how these lawsuits are seen to be hurting the innovation process.