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.