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Google's Motorola Mobility division sues Apple for patent infringement

Google's recently acquired Motorola Mobility filed suit against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] on Friday. The filing, which should be made public on Monday, alleges that Apple's mobility devices infringe on seven patents [Bloomberg report] held by Motorola. The suit seeks to block the import of products such as the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch into the US. In an e-mail statement sent to Bloomberg [agency website] Motorola claims, "We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple's unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers' innovations."

Motorola has been involved in a number of patent litigations in the past, including suits against Apple, though this suit marks the first time since being acquired by Google in May. In February Apple filed a suit [JURIST report] against Motorola in the US District Court for the Southern District of California [official website] seeking an injunction to stop the company from bringing patent claims against Apple in Germany. That suit was thrown out with prejudice [JURIST report] in June. Apple had brought two separate lawsuits [JURIST report] against Motorola in October of last year alleging that several of Motorola's products infringe six patents owned by Apple.

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