Motorola sues Apple again, claims the iPhone 4S and iCloud infringe on 6 patents

Ian Hardy

January 25, 2012 3:14pm

Another day, another patent infringement case. Motorola, who’s already heavily involved in a patent infringement case against Apple, has filed another patent infringement lawsuit against them in Florida. This time, specifically naming the iPhone 4S and iCloud and how they infringe on 6 mobile related patents. According to a report by Foss Patents, here are the 6 patents:

– U.S. Patent No. 5,710,987 on a “receiver having concealed external antenna”

– U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 on a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”

– U.S. Patent No. 5,958,006 on a “method and apparatus for communicating summarized data”

– U.S. Patent No. 6,101,531 on a “system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client”

– U.S. Patent No. 6,008,737 on an “apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device”

– U.S. Patent No. 6,377,161 on a “method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information”

Apparently Google needed to give Motorola the go ahead to file the patent case. Google and Motorola are currently closing a $12.5 billion merger – which is expected to “close in early 2012” – and in the fine details of their agreement it states that Motorola cannot “assert any Intellectual Property Right in any new Action or in any counter claim” without Google’s nod. One of the main reason Google went after Motorola is because of their 17,000+ patents. When they announced their intentions with Motorola, Google boldly said that “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”

Yesterday, Apple announced that 37.04 million iPhones were sold in fiscal Q1 of 2012, plus that over 85 million people are currently using iCloud. In addition, Apple declared there are now over 315 million iOs devices sold.

Apple, Motorola and Google have not commented on the new patent infringement case.

Source: Foss
(Thanks Peter!)

  • Jay

    Wonder how long would it take for apple to file a counter lawsuit against Motorola

  • EmperumanV

    Hmm… as long as Apple gets lawsuits filed against them, that’s all that matters and it makes me happy 🙂

  • samhung

    Go Moto Go!

  • Julie M

    Everybody knows that its just a matter of time before the big fall of apple…the operating system is too crappy! Had one before, the 3GS it was not bad overall but when i tried the SGS2 with android my life changed! I was free, i had no more restrictions!

    • Rio

      Your confusing quality with quantity.

      With android you get all the tweaks and quirks, with iOS you get a much more fully integrated OS that takes full advantage of the hardware.

      Not everyone wants all the extra, some people just need a good quality phone that does what they need it to do without any hassle, that is who the iPhone is geared towards. Not techies like us

    • Yeria

      @Rio: You’re actually confusing simplicity and quality. Being simple does not equal quality. iPhone shows you a wall of app icons and you tap to run them. You press a button and you come back to that wall of buttons again. So simple. Very simple and very easy to build it too because it doesn’t do anything else.

      When it comes to Android, it does all that, and then some. If you want it to just work and not worry about other potential technological features that Android can provide you, you can actually just let it work. Use the wall of apps, use widgets on your home screen, and press the home button to come back to the home screen. If you actually feel like doing some manual work, you can change every little settings to make it more feel like your own phone. Sure, you can mess up your phone if you don’t know what you’re doing, but you still have that option if you want.

      It is true Android is not as simple as iOS, but when it comes to quality, it is very much debatable. iOS can’t even come remotely close to Android when it comes to OS flexibility, and as a developer, I can tell you a flexible OS is actually a lot better than a very restrictive one. I know you won’t understand why and that’s of course why you’re arguing iOS is a lot better than Android.

  • I forgot my meds

    Motorola, or should we say their parent, is still jealous? Probably because of Apple’s monster financials yesterday.
    Another frivolous suit.

    • Mike W

      Just curious; are ALL the lawsuits frivolous, including the ones apple is filing against others?

    • som

      Good point Mike W. I guess he didn’t have a problem when Apple got the injunction to stop Samsung from selling there Galaxy Tablet or show it at the European electronic show or in the Netherlandsor in Australia for patent infringement. Apple will constantly get sued they are infringing on everyone else’s patent and claim it as their own.

  • Mike

    I’m only really curious as to why apple feels the need to sue all these guys. Google just wants to push technology ahead and really only seems to use patent lawsuits to reply to apple’s lawsuits. I mean really Motorola and Bell labs could just sue everyone for making cell phones in the first place since they hold the patents for the original, by apples logic that is.

    • Rio

      The reason Apple, is so against Android is because of Steve.

      Steve feels android is a direct rip of iPhone. He is partly right, Google saw the success of the iPhone and went with phones similar product with a different concept (open system), as opposed with their BB type phones they were originally going with.

  • Jacquio

    I’m pretty sure Motorola’s “parent” would have left Apple alone from the start if not for Apple trying this approach countless times already.

  • kenypowa

    Good, Android Strikes Back.

  • MrMarvelous

    This back and forth lawsuit business has got to stop lol. Its depressing. Thoughit does seem like Apple is getting a taste of its own medicine.



  • mark

    Apple is the attention-war of the cellphone market.

  • _ThaNerd_

    The Dark Forces are going down, karma is a B1tch and the war has just began!

    The end of Apple is slowly starting to look like its beginning 🙂

  • wp7 & Lovin It

    I like how MS has managed to stay clear of this stuff.

  • Art

    Weird the iphone4 being so similar to the 4s I wonder why they aren’t going after it too…?

    • som

      They can make commercials like the Coke vs Coke Zero commercial.

  • anon

    Apple has a lot of liquid cash, I reckon that is why they are being so frivolous, when that cash starts running low, am sure they will stop suing.

  • Jim Shorts

    Patent system needs reforming. Patents try to be as greedy as possible in their definition. That needs to change.

    Monsato is a good example of corporate greed vs humanity.

    • Jim Shorts


  • Slype

    Go Moto.. give them a taste of their own medicine. When will Apple start being innovative and stop stealing from others all the time? Sheesh…

  • Amar

    Apple deserves this.

  • Steve.H

    Wait wait , what are you guys talking about ??
    Apple copy everything or other company?
    When Apple released the first iphone , nobody knew about smartphones at that point .

  • cave johnson

    @Steve, While your last statement MIGHT be true, with emphasis on might, Apple commercialized the idea of a smartphone.
    I knew about Blackberries (the old ones) before the iPhone 2g was released. People who were in the ‘field’ knew about smartphones and also used them.

    I’ll give you that Apple brought the idea of a smartphone to the masses and that they made a product accessible, but don’t mistake advertising/marketing with invention.