Motorola and Apple already have a rather long history of legal battles both in the States and worldwide but it appears that the two companies meet again in the court room. This time though it looks like Google gave Motorola the nod because the merger conditions forbid assertion of “any Intellectual Property Right in any new Action” without Google’s consent (and we’re looking at a new action).
Southern District of Florida is where Motorola is seeking an injunction against the iPhone 4S and the iCloud. There are six patents involved against the iPhone 4s (four of them are also asserted against iCloud). “Receiver having concealed external antenna” and “apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device”) are referring only to the iPhone 4s.
Those common to both the product and the service refer to a “method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information”, “system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client”, “method and apparatus for communicating summarized data”, and “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”.
According to Florian Mueller, Motorola would have preferred to add the six new patents to an already ongoing suit between the two companies but the judge rejected the request because the said trial is already scheduled for this summer. The new litigation could turn into a trial in the future but it is yet unknown when that will happen.
Source: FOSS Patents