The Mobile Patent War

There are approximately one zillion lawsuits going on between cell phone manufacturers at the moment, mostly in attempt to cause the opposing party grief and exploit the system for a few million dollars. Today, Motorola filed a massive lawsuit against Apple, “alleging that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents“. They claim that Apple is infringing on their 3G, 802.11 and antenna design, (they might want to think about that one…) and key smartphone technologies – including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.

Motorola is asking the ITC to do the following:

Issue an Exclusion Order barring Apple’s importation of infringing products, prohibiting further sales of infringing products that have already been imported, and halting the marketing, advertising, demonstration and warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of such imported products in the United States”

This is unlikely to happen, and Apple will probably just countersue with a complaint of their own. These lawsuits will continue on for the next few years until they find something else to fight about.

The software patent system is completely botched, and lawsuits like this do absolutely nothing to advance technology. It’s just a cat-and-mouse game between the companies, each trying to cripple the other for personal gain.

Funnily enough, Nokia is suing just about everyone, probably as a hail mary attempt to save the Finnish economy.

[Ars Technica]

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