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Apple Sues Motorola Over Patents

It would seem that lawsuits in the mobile space are all the rage nowadays. With the recent announcement that Motorola would be suing Apple over patent infringements, it seems that Apple is keeping the suing tag game going by launching two different patent lawsuits covering six different patents they believe Motorola has infringed upon.

According to Patently Apple, Apple is suing Motorola over six different patents that cover the following aspects of the Droid devices:

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1 – Apple, Inc patent titled: Ellipse Fitting for Multi-Touch Surfaces: Patent Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.

2 – Apple, Inc patent titled: Multipoint Touchscreen: Patent Abstract: A touch panel having a transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches or near touches that occur at the same time and at distinct locations in the plane of the touch panel and to produce distinct signals representative of the location of the touches on the plane of the touch panel for each of the multiple touches is disclosed.

3 – Taligent, Inc patent titled: Object-Oriented System Locator System: Patent Abstract: A method and system for adding system components (documents, tools, fonts, libraries, etc.) to a computer system without running an installation program. A location framework is employed to locate system components whose properties match those specified in search criteria. The framework receives notification from the system when system components whose properties match the search criteria are added to or removed from the system. 

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1 – Apple, Inc, patent titled: Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Heuristics: Apple’s invention generally relates to electronic devices with touch screen displays, and more particularly, to electronic devices that apply heuristics to detected user gestures on a touch screen display to determine commands.

2 – Apple Computer, Inc. patent titled: Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System: Apple’s invention generally relates to the field of computer systems; particularly, the present invention relates to displaying a status and control function bar or window to enable access of user selected indicia to a computer system user.

3 – Apple Computer, Inc. patent titled: Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System: Apple’s invention relates to graphical, event-driven computer systems, more particularly to custom interactive user-interaction elements in a computer system having a window-based graphical user interface.

Both cases were filed in the US District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin. The first lawsuit covers patents that involve the Multi-Touch functions of the iPhone, while the second lawsuit covers patents involving user interface elements of the iPhone.

“Motorola has a leading intellectual-property portfolio, one of the strongest in the industry, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter,” Motorola said in a statement. “We are confident in our position and will pursue our litigation to halt Apple’s continued infringement.”

You can read more about the patent suit on Patently Apple.

via Ars Technica


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Apple Sues Sanho Over Patent Infringment

If you listen closely, you can hear the drums of war beating once again. Follow the sound on the wind and you’ll be led to the faraway land of Cupertino where it’s clear that Apple is none too pleased with Sanho Corporation, makers of the increasingly popular line of HyperMac external battery products for just about every Apple product under the sun. It seems that Apple’s beef stems from the fact that many of the products from the HyperMac line include MagSafe connectors for connecting to power-hungry MacBooks, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops. In addition, they also utilize Apple’s 30-pin dock connector to move juice from their batteries on to every iOS device under the sun. This might not be an issue if Sanho had asked permission to do so. However, as you may have guessed by now, they didn’t.

According to Ars Technica, Apple’s suit against Sanho was filed on September 9. Apple’s case would appear to revolve around the fact that for as integral as the MagSafe adapter and 30-pin connectors are to their line of external battery products, Sanho Corporation never bothered to purchasing the rights to use them from Apple. Worse still, through Sanho’s own admission, they’re not even manufacturing their own MagSafe connectors, opting instead to utilize recycled ones produced by Apple instead.

Sadly, the issues surrounding Sanho’s use of the 30-pin connector could have been avoided had they simply ponied up the dough for a license to use Apple’s connector technology in their wares. However, with Apple refusing to license their MagSafe technology to anyone at this time (thanks for pointing that out, Scott!), we could be left with no external battery solution for our MacBooks.

We’ll just have to wait and see how this one plays out.

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