Last week we learned of Motorola officially filing a suit against Apple for patent infringement. Though, at the time, we had no idea what the claims were. Now details have surfaced from the ITC on each of the patents the Google subsidiary owned company is going after Apple on, which is information that has been released for all the public to see. The folks over at Unwired View were able to put a list together on seven patents the case will revolve around down below:
- Patent No. 5,883,580 “Geographic-temporal significant messaging”
- Patent No. 5,922,047 “Apparatus, method and system for multimedia control and communication”
- Patent No. 6,425,002 “Apparatus and method for handling dispatching messages for various applications of a communication device”
- Patent No. 6,493,673 “Markup language for interactive services and methods thereof”
- Patent No. 6,983,370 “System for providing continuity between messaging clients and method therefor”
- Patent No. 7,007,064 “Method and apparatus for obtaining and managing wirelessly communicated content”
- Patent No. 7,383,983 “System and method for managing content between devices in various domains”
As you can clearly see, Motorola is taking things much more serious, as the company is no longer bringing a knife to a gunfight with Apple. Now I don’t claim to be an expert on patents, but this list seems to flex Motorola’s muscle when it comes to its trove of IP patents, which is something the company appears to have an advantage over Apple.
That said, we don’t know if any of these patents Motorola is seeking damages on, are covered under Apple’s cross-license deal with Microsoft. It’ll also be interesting to see how the courts handle the matter, considering how they’ve been so generous with granting temporary bans on products that fall under Apple’s claims, no matter how vague they may be.