According to Bloomberg, Motorola Mobility has just filed a new lawsuit against Apple at the ITC. Now, ordinarily, we might not report on the filing of such a suit - especially when the complaint hasn't been made public (we have basically zero details). What makes this particular filing important, though, is that it is the first lawsuit filed by Motorola now that it is officially, 100% a part of Google. That's a big deal.

It means Google signed off on this action. It means Google isn't interested in playing a purely defensive role in the mobile patent wars. And while this is sort of by proxy (MMI is in many senses separate from Google), the fact that Motorola filed this suit at all says a lot. Motorola had this to say about the action: "Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations.”

The lawsuit seeks to have "the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and various Apple computers" banned from import into the United States. When the full complaint becomes available, we'll update you on just what it is Motorola is asserting here (and more importantly, if they're using any Google patents). The takeaway, though, is that Google isn't ready to let this fight turn into glorified feature-stripping of Android. Which, frankly, is what it has become for companies like Samsung and HTC.

The problem has been that most previous claims by Android manufacturers against Apple have lacked much in the way of legal teeth (or been based on standards-essential patents), so I'm very curious to see what Google-approved allegations Motorola is slinging against Apple here. We'll find out soon enough.


David Ruddock
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    About time. If Apple wants a war, they'll get one.

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      What are chances...!! Exact same words I was about to write here.

      • clicheman

        Yep. That's because it's a cliche.

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  • 1ofdakoolkidz

    Way to go Google, stop trying to play Obama and play ball, you have just as much pull and resources as Apple, Stop letting your boy's get pushed around.

  • jonathan3579

    Let there be blood. :)

  • Havoc70

    Nice Nail their asses to the wall Google

    • anywherehome

      Exactly! Bleed compost, rotten Apple!

  • HonKudasai

    This should be interesting.

  • akshat oswal

    IMHO Apple has lost its marbles after the sad demise of Steve Jobs. And this seems to be Google's way of spanking them :) cheers to open-source

    • sgtguthrie

      Sorry, but they lost their marbles at the hands of dear old Mr Jobs too. Remember, he was on a quest to destroy Android ;-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

        Yeah, but he was on a quest to destroy Android as a consequence of making iOS better and better, not firing lawsuits in every random direction and hoping a few of the little guys sink.

        • PhilNelwyn

          When he announced the iPhone, one of its key features was... parents!
          "Boy have we patented it" he said, and later, he declared he would "go thermonuclear war" on Android because it was a "stolen product."
          That doesn't sound like competing by innovation.

          • Stan Jez

            SJ earlier said that he patented multi touch. There's an interesting video on TED done about a year earlier showing multi touch and the presenter acknowledged that it wasn't new and he had used some of the earlier experimentation to get to his presentation. The US patent system needs to be fixed.

  • Andrew Han

    Finally! I was wondering when this would happen. If it is legit and not frivilous, hopefully it goes through successfully. Apple gets no love from me!

  • Rinkesh621

    sHIT just got Real!!! Boxing Gloves [On] Off, Mouthguard [In] Out...

    Let's get Ready to Rumble!!!! **DING DING bell**

  • BigDaddyJ

    Hooray for googlrola, it's about time someone turned the tides on apple. Let's see how apple handles defence for a change. Now if only HP with all palms patents would hit apple too they'd be done.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    About time... I'm tired of seeing all the isheep talking shit about, its there intellectual property and they have a right to protect it, shit coming out there fucking ass hole mouths all the time... Its now time to fucking hit them ass fucks with something... Maybe they will play nice, and go to war in the stores instead of the courtroom

  • Kaero

    WOO! GO MOTOROLA! Damn patent war feels like a sporting event.

    • Mirosław Jurdeczka

      lol you are so right, i hope they will give apple a big problem to solve. If there is anything that annoys me in tech indudtry now it is apple, they sue everyone instead of inventing new tech for thats what a tech company should do.

  • Amrin

    Bout damn time!

  • Rui Araújo

    I love Google but I kind feel that they will lose their moral superiority on this kind of issues. :(

    • k2hsharpe

      i read this and ....
      -massive headshake -

    • sgtguthrie

      So are they supposed to bend over and take a rotten apple up the a$$? They are doing what they must to defend Android from Apple lawsuits. The best defense is still a good offense ;-)

      • Sam

        Well said my friend

  • UmK

    i'd rather not say anything before we have more details, and i'd rather none of this was happening at all. even if google crushes apple, it's still a loss for the consumers. still, better than apple crushing android - and that's what makes me sad --- we're left to root for the lesser of the two evils.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52RMHX6AKKSZ75OKTJYQQWLRVU DCMAKER

      true dat

    • Sam

      So we should let apple degrade and feature strip our phones?? I don't think so

      • blind

        Not quite what he was saying. The whole situation sucks. Apple shouldn't be attacking Google as hard as they are, and Google shouldn't be forced to retaliate to keep Android as it is, nor should OEMs be forced to remove features or not get their phones into the US.

  • BigMixxx

    There has to be something so serious, that they want all products band. What is the toll they will be paying? If its anywhere over 100 million...there will be trouble. Does it lead back to legacy stuff when apple used Motorola parts....could there be some stuff in Darwin that isn't licensed properly?

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  • Guest

    Should have waited for the iPhone 5 release and stone-walled it like they did the the OneX

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52RMHX6AKKSZ75OKTJYQQWLRVU DCMAKER

      it might not hit until then! We can hope!

    • Mijestic

      The iPhone5 is scheduled for a September release. If they are granted an injuction before that release I will cry tears of joy. I hope this puts an end to these stupid patent battles. Even though I can't stand Apple anymore (used to root hard for them), they are a competitor to Android. As long as there is competition, we the consumer benefit.

  • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

    Those patent fights are in general boring and I wisht they wouldn't happen - doesn't matter if it's apple vs xx or xx vs Apple. But maybe Apple needs to feel some pressure as well to settle and make fair cross-licensing deals and not such ridiculous ones as apple tried to.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52RMHX6AKKSZ75OKTJYQQWLRVU DCMAKER

      i find them very interesting but very frustrating because they are pointless

  • James Nelson

    Maybe once faced with the choice between trying to ban & feature strip android products or having to ban and feature strip their own products, Apple will finally learn to call off the dogs and let everybody produce the best damned smart phones they can, without filing a lawsuit every time we turn around.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52RMHX6AKKSZ75OKTJYQQWLRVU DCMAKER

      well said!

    • Ricardo Peralta

      Exactly what needs to happen.

      Thank you for stating this for me.

  • ConCal

    Apple brought this on themselves.

  • Gustavo Gomez

    The Hunger Games have begun!!

  • bahaha

    I pray it is something juicy. Something good enough to get a temporary import ban in about a month and a half give a take a few weeks. That would be a early xmas present.

  • onpoint G

    what ever arugement Motorola has i agree 100%

  • PhineasJW

    Begun, the patent wars have.

  • http://twitter.com/MrYuzhai *Certified_geek™

    shit just got real..

  • Samuel Riksfjord


  • sky stanojevic

    shit got more real than real shit /

  • skitchbeatz

    This disappoints me that it has to come to this.

  • TechGuy21

    sadly apple will find a way to bypass it.
    those A-holes always do

  • yarrellray

    This is so great to hear. After Samsung laid it on Apple it's great to see Google back them up. The good old fight fire with fire. Apple sucks monkey balls..

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Having come to Android from iOS, all I can say is GO GOOGLE! Beat down the evil empire!

    • Zenstrive

      I approve this message.

  • Peterson Silva

    *grabs popcorn*

  • John O’Connor

    weeewwweasee dah secwwweet waapppun

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.hey Steven Hey

    I miss the good old days, when companies just, you know, made better products than each other (and plagiarism was called "taking inspiration", but never you mind about that).

    Regardless, it seems Apple have turned this into a "go hard or go home" type of affair; as such I'm hoping it's Granny Smith* who tends to the bloodied nose this time around...

    (* Yes, I went there)

    • aiden9

      The same thing happened with the desktop OS(ironically, Apple was at the center of at least part of it). You could draw parallels between SCO and Oracle, and you can certainly draw parallels between Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft to their current lawsuits against Android(although their current ones seem weak in comparison).

      In the end cross licensing will be done as the fight moves on to elsewhere, probably patent fights over cloud technology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troop.threeninetwo Troop Threeninetwo

    About friggin time! Samsung leads and hopefully the rest will follow.
    Go Moto!

  • AJ

    Google is about to gank and ult apple...god i play to much league

  • DanielM

    I hope that this includes the concealed antenna that was being discussed in the florida case

  • !xY !

    Bloomberg has given info on what patents they are taking into court, location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players.

  • Abhisshek Das

    Good move by Google, if Apple will cry FRAND against real patents, let Google fight the stupid patents with stupid ones of their own.
    Let this whole patenting existing ideas be a thing of the past.

  • !xY !

    Also, Moto claimed Apple Siri voice-recognition is infringing its patent.via Bloomberg.

  • Palmer Nyako

    Please, tell me motoroal has found a way to abuse its frand patents?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    Olympics part 2, anyone?

  • jonnyboy

    the Apple use to be fresh but now its rotting.... ;)

  • mgamerz

    I'm tired of this patent shit.

  • toshistation

    Git 'um! If googorola wins, and successfully bans iDevices in the US, I will make a personal pledge that my next phone will be a Motophone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=568927867 Michael Andrew Burke

      Nexus is Direct From Google Even though they filed the suit through motorola you still support them buy buying Nexus Devices

  • Simon Belmont

    At this point, I honestly can't blame Google for finally bringing in the big guns. They may have adhered to the "don't be evil" a bit too closely (in most respects, at least), but when a kid at the playground gets beaten up and his milk money taken everyday, sometimes the only way to stop it is to punch the bully square in the face.

    Apple has been bullying Android OEMs for a while now. It's time for Google to step in and defend them. Otherwise, the BS is never going to stop. Frankly, it probably won't anyway, but at least there is a chance it might.

  • Robert542

    I understand that Google/Motorola needs to do something to put an end to all this patent crap but it sad to see that they have to stoop to apple's level to do it. I really hope that in the end google forces apple to end the lawsuits and not block apple products from being sold in the US. This would only stifle innovation in the long run and we would all lose out in the end. With that said I hope Google/Motorola has done their homework and can pull a rabbit out of their hat. I look forward to seeing what patents apple has infringed on with their entire lineup.

  • cool

    As much as I hate Apple, this is disappointing. I hoped Google would be above all this litigation crap

  • Geoffrey Glass

    * gets up on podium for important annoucment*
    *says in deep voice*

    lol okay that was weird but

    anyways since apples being such a sh!t head samsung should stop making apple phones (they actually manafactuar them) and that way apple wont have anyone help them and they will die!!

  • http://twitter.com/cnraghu Raghavendra Nagaraja

    I am waiting for the day when Apple products are banned from importing into US..... It will be a HUGE blow to apple's evil ego.

  • J. P.

    I really hope one of these lawsuits against apple stick!!!

  • CarlosWay

    Gooooood.. a taste of your own medicine..!!

  • Elias

    CrApple likes patent wars, don't they? So let them have a big one. I truly, sincerely hope that Google ass-rapes Apple this time and effectively get all of their products banned, at least for a couple months, effectively forcing them to physically redesign their products in a hurry and making them utter crap. That would be the perfect comeback to make Apple realize how scumbag they've been with that patent war stuff.