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Motorola says iCloud, the iPhone 4S violates its patents


A new Motorola lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims Apple is infringing on six of the company’s patents with the iPhone 4S and iCloud. Motorola is seeking damages and an injunction of the two products.

“Apple’s infringing activities have caused and will continue to cause Motorola Mobility irreparable harm, for which it has no adequate remedy at law, unless Apple’s infringing activities are enjoined by this Court,” the company said in its filing.

This is part of an ongoing battle. Earlier this month the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Motorola’s Droid smartphones don’t violate three Apple patents. The ruling is preliminary and needs to be approved by the ITC’s full six-member commission.

Apple alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining three with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not exclusively iPhone, iPad and iPod). Litigation between the two companies has taken place in several different federal courts — primarily the Western District of Wisconsin and the Southern District of Florida — as well as before the ITIC.

In November 2010 Apple sued Motorola, alleging that the company’s smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker’s intellectual property. The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October 2010 for patent infringement. Motorola claims that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents.

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