At the beginning of the month (October 6 to be exact), Motorola sued Apple for infringing 18 of its patents, including ones as diverse as antenna design and multi-design synchronization. Of course, being a company run by El Jobso himself, Apple just couldn't help it - they just had to strike back.
And strike back the fruit-themed company has, claiming Motorola's Android phones infringe on six Apple patents, including (but not limited to) the:
- Droid 2
- Droid X
- Cliq XT
- Devour A555
- Devour i1
- 7,812,828, Ellipse Fitting for Multi-Touch Surfaces
- 7,663,607, Multipoint Touchscreen
- 5,379,430, Object-Oriented System Locator System
- 7,497,949, Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Heuristics
- 6,493,002, Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System
- 5,838,315, Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System
It's not surprising to see Apple re-enforcing its scrolling patent (that would be patent #7,497,949) yet again, and since the company filed the cases in the Western District of Wisconsin (a court with a reputation for being nice to the plaintiffs), Motorola might be in deep with the sharks here. Perhaps an even graver problem is that, seeing as most of the above patents are related to the Android OS, it can't be long before Google and Apple have to fight it out at a level more meaningful than a public war of words.