News by Andrew Kameka on Monday August 20, 2012.
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Motorola Mobility has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission alleging that Apple infringes on seven of its patents. Motorola claims that the way Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handle location reminders, email notification, video playback, and interaction with Siri infringe on its patents, so the company has asked the ITC to block the iPhone devices from being imported into the U.S.
Motorola says that the company would prefer to license its technology to resolve the issue, but it claims Apple is unwilling to reach a deal. The Google subsidiary's request to ban Apple imports comes just weeks before an expected announcement of the next iteration of the iPhone. If the ITC rules that Apple's patents infringe on Motorola's intellectual property, and a review board concurs, the iPhone could be blocked from being imported into the United States. Apple filed a similar complaint that led to a delayed release of the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE in May.
Motorola's complaint is the latest in a series of filings between Apple and Android manufacturers; however, this is the first time that Motorola has filed a complaint since its acquisition by Google was finalized. The most recent fight occurred in April when the ITC found that Apple infringes on Motorola's WiFi signaling patent.
Apple has not responded to Motorola's latest complaint, but it's unlikely that this will be the last time that the two companies fight over intellectual property. Apple filed a complaint against Motorola earlier this year, but the ITC ruled that Motorola did not infringe on Apple's patents, and declared two others invalid.source: The Telegraph
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.