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.