Motorola Seeks Injunction Against Apple’s iPhone 4S, iCloud

The legal tussle between Google and Apple continues, this time around with Motorola seeking an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud. The lawsuit was filed by Motorola Mobility, with the blessing of Google. Motorola Mobility was purchased by Google last year for $12.5 billion.  According to FOSS Patents, the agreement does not allow Motorola to “assert any Intellectual Property Right in any new Action” without Google’s consent. Motorola Mobility is seeking the injunction in a Florida, where the same six patents were asserted against older Apple products.


The six patents are all asserted against the iPhone 4S, with two of them asserted against iCloud.

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,710,987 on a “receiver having concealed external antenna”
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 on a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”; Motorola is asserting the European equivalent of this patent against Apple in Mannheim, with a decision (that will likely be favorable for Motorola) scheduled for Friday of next week (February 3, 2012)
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,958,006 on a “method and apparatus for communicating summarized data”
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,101,531 on a “system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client”
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,008,737 on an “apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device”
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,377,161 on a “method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information”

Motorola has an action in this very same district against Apple that started in late 2010 and attempted to add these to the list of supplemental infringements. The court rejected Motorola and offered them the option to file a new lawsuit, which is what’s happened today.

Don’t expect this to be the end of the lawsuits for either side.

FOSS Patents does their consistently excellent job of breaking down the situation.

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