Apple says Google acquisition nullifies Motorola lawsuits

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You might have been thinking, “What happens to Apple’s lawsuits against Motorola and its patent infringements now that Google is taking over?” Good question! Apple has decided to file motions to stay its two patent lawsuits against Motorola, stating that the DROID maker has ceded control of its patents over to Google.

According to Ars Technica:

“Motorola has ceded control of the most basic rights regarding the patents-in-suit,” Apple’s lawyers wrote in a court filing, according to Mueller. “Absent Google’s consent, Motorola cannot: (1) sue for infringement of its patents in any new action; (2) settle pending litigation (including this case) that would require a license to any of its patents; (3) license or sublicense its patents except in limited circumstances relating to the sale of Motorola’s products; (4) assign its rights in its patents; and/or (5) grant a covenant not to sue for infringement of its patents.”

Additionally, Google doesn’t have the right to pursue legal action regarding these matters, according to Apple. Instead, Apple says, “Google only has the right to veto actions taken by Motorola with respect to the patents.”

It seems that the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola by Google has its downsides, but overall, having the healthy portfolio of patents might help Android’s case against Apple, or at least a solid defense against the iPhone maker, in the long run.

[Via: Ars Technica]

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

    I think at this point the competition between 2 major (Android and iOS) and 2 minor (BlackBerry and WP7) Smartphone Operating Systems is so high that one cant help but think all companies that created them are terrified of losing ground, momentum, or customers to any of the others. Holding lawsuits isnt really helping develop any of these platforms or pushing the smartphone into the mini-computer world as it should. Companies all need to either drop suits and accept the copy and paste OS as they all are, or license each others patents at a fair and sustainable market value.

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

    I think at this point the competition between 2 major (Android and iOS) and 2 minor (BlackBerry and WP7) Smartphone Operating Systems is so high that one cant help but think all companies that created them are terrified of losing ground, momentum, or customers to any of the others. Holding lawsuits isnt really helping develop any of these platforms or pushing the smartphone into the mini-computer world as it should. Companies all need to either drop suits and accept the copy and paste OS as they all are, or license each others patents at a fair and sustainable market value.

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-12389272:disqus Interestingly, it seems to be Apple who is pushing out all of these frivolous aesthetic lawsuits. It annoys me as they are doing so on the same basis that they did when they tried to sue MS for making Windows, but obviously someone in the judicial must be in their pocket now cos it seems to be working, ask Samsung!

    Under the hood, they couldn’t be more different, and a lot of the time these problems are caused by them not paying licence fees, or in Apples case, making patents that sound like adverts and therefore could apply to your TV. Would you belive that Apple has patented a screen filled with icons, and the concept of moving your phone to execute actions (like Sony Ericsson had ages ago with their shake phones)

    You shouldn’t be able to patent stuff like that, it’s like patenting the concept of steering your car, instead of the steering wheel itself.

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