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Apple files a patent complaint against Motorola

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Mon Feb 20 2012, 10:47

PATENTS LITIGATION OUTFIT Apple has filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola over patents.

The fruit themed gadget design firm wants the EC to step in and sort out a patent dispute that saw Motorola get an injunction against some of Apple's products in Germany. It began withdrawing Iphones and Ipads from sale but got the injunction suspended after an appeal.

Motorola said in its annual report, "On February 17, 2012, the company received a letter from the European Commission notifying it that the Commission has received a complaint against Motorola Mobility, Inc [MMI] by Apple, Inc. regarding the enforcement of MMI's standards-essential patents against Apple allegedly in breach of MMI's FRAND [fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory] commitments,"

"Motorola Mobility has had a long-standing practice of licensing our patents under FRAND and we offered those to Apple," it said in a statement.

We have not heard back from Apple regarding the complaint.

Last week the EC and US approved Google's buyout of Motorola Mobility. The EC said the deal would not affect patents and didn't raise any competitive issues.

Apple notched up a win over Motorola last week when it won a ruling in its favour regarding its slide to unlock patent. Meanwhile, Motorola said it has developed a workaround. µ


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