Just another day in patent infringement lawsuit land. If this keeps up we will have to dedicate an entire site to these lawsuits. Yeah ok, bad idea we know. Good news is that this is not another Samsung vs Apple headline. Motorola is involved in another patent infringement suit against Apple and this time it's over 6 patents that they say involve the iPhone 4S and iCloud. All six Motorola patents-in-suit are asserted against the iPhone 4S. All but two (the '987 and the '737 patents) are asserted against the iCloud. The six patents are as follows:
- 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"
An interesting factoid is that Google had to give Moto the thumbs up to move forward with the lawsuit. Unless you have been living under a rock Google and Motorola are currently closing a $12.5 billion merger, which is expected to close in early 2012. 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 approval. So there you have it, another wonderful patent infringement suit to brighten your day. Stay tuned until tomorrow when we bring you yet another suit coming from someone directed at someone else. We're kidding.........hopefully