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ITC to Investigate Apple for Patent Infringment, Motorola Looks to Ban iPhones, iPads, and Mac Computers

Yesterday, the International Trade Commission voted to open up an investigation against Apple for patent infringement that was filed by Motorola. According to Moto, there are seven patents that most of Apple’s hardware product lineup are infringing. Devices that could end up on the butcher’s block are the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, and all models of the iPad. The iPhone 5 would have also made the dispute had it been announced earlier when the filing took place. 

Google’s Motorola isn’t looking to ban just Apple’s mobile division though, as they claim iMessage is too, an offender, allowing Moto to also go after the Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. Moto’s end goal is to eventually ban the import of all of these devices. If a case like this was won, it would mean a huge loss for Apple and we’re guessing there would be some serious payout and software revisions needing to be made that would make Samsung’s loss to Apple peanuts in comparison.

If this one goes to court and the ITC finds that Motorola/Google has a case, we’ll be following this one very closely.

Via: Arstechnica

Cheers Raven!

  • Kheir Francis

    LMAO, payback is a bitch apple, LMAO. but i agree with you Jon Gee, this is getting out of hand.

  • Jon Gee

    All of this is getting ridiculous. The only group that truly loses in all of this bull%#&^ is the consumer as it only serves to drive up prices for consumer electronics. If all of these companies adopted FRAND standards as a matter of policy rather than engaging in this great big patent pissing content they would ALL make money and consumers would get better products. (And yes, I said the same thing when Apple was the one suing.)

  • balthuszar

    i’ll ask this again…isnt it kind of hypocritical to cheer on motorola for this, all the while jeering on apple for the same thing?

    • joejoe5709

      Good point. I very much agree. I know Apple picked a fight, but let’s be the bigger man here and step away. We know we’re better. Google doesn’t need the money like Apple does.

  • Barbacoa

    Honestly I just don’t care anymore. All these patent wars do is hurt us. Companies focus so much on suing each other the wind up renovating not innovating. that being said I would love to see Apple get the same treatment they keep dishing out.

  • Devilsephiroth

    Google should have closed android and opened only to those in AOSP . And then charged those in Aosp like 5 cents. Thus leaving apple screwed for ripping Android off of so many features like notification bar , OTA updates , I message and multitasking.

  • Jimmyrustler

    Doubt Apple will lose this case.

  • Jillxz

    Unfortunately , Apple will not be found to infringe on these patents. Apple , almost always gets away with their evil. I would just love to see their products banned. Nothing could please me more. But , I am only dreaming.

  • steve

    this is why im a googler

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      This is why I eat boogers.

  • JoshGroff

    Heh, that’s what you get for poking the bear. Good fight.

  • boogity

    It about time. Some one stick up. To them

  • bogy25

    I have that picture of jobs above – I have many copies of it – I love it!

    I use it for target practice with my rifle. DROID FTW F apple

  • Robert Jakiel

    I would love to see Apple burn and crumble. What’s worse is that not a single governing entity has stepped in to see if in fact Apple is abusing the system and violating the anti-trust laws. Yet Microsoft, which I also hate, has had the FTC on their backs TWICE for things as trivial as IE integration.

    • InsanelySmall

      Microsoft who have just successfully won an injunction against Motorola’s phones in Germany btw.

  • Jas Tran

    if you think about it, apple indirectly invites others to sue itself because of their win against samsung. makes sense to me especially when we’re talking about a magnitude of billions or dollars.

  • Dave

    While not surprising, I don’t think the end goal here is to get all Apple products banned from the U.S. That would certainly be devastating but Googorola will more than likely want to force Apple into cross licensing agreements (like you know, how it should have happened in the first place). Google itself would not benefit from an iOS product ban given that a lot of their mobile ad profit comes from those devices. But when the going gets tough…

    • joejoe5709

      Yes. Cross licensing. Playing nice. That’s the way Apple and Android should operate. In a perfect world…