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Apple Suing Motorola Over Design of Xoom Tablet


While Apple has been engaged in a number of high-profile patent lawsuits with its competitors offering Android-based hardware, one of the quieter disputes has gained new attention today following a discovery by FOSS Patents that Apple has in fact sued Motorola in Europe, claiming that the Motorola Xoom tablet infringes upon the design of Apple's products. The revelation comes in a court document filed in Germany and associated with the preliminary injunction granted against Samsung yesterday barring sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Prior to or simultaneously with the motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, Apple also filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Motorola Xoom tablet. Here's a passage from the Samsung complaint that mentions two other lawsuits Apple instigated against iPad competitors -- Motorola and a local German company named JAY-tech...
The document does not state whether Apple has pushed for a preliminary injunction against the sale of the Xoom in the European Union as it did for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Apple is presumably seeking a more permanent injunction against Motorola's tablet offering.


Apple also notes in its filing that a preliminary injunction against JAY-tech was granted and further upheld "in its entirety" following a hearing. Apple does not specify exactly what model of tablet from JAY-tech was the subject of the injunction, but JAY-tech last year began offering a budget 7-inch Android-based tablet, and the company no longer appears to be selling that product.

Motorola fired the first shot against Apple last October, claiming infringement of a series of 18 Motorola patents by a broad array of Apple's Mac and iOS products. Apple responded a few weeks later with a lawsuit focused on multi-touch functionality and targeting Motorola's Droid and other smartphones.

Things have generally been quiet between Apple and Motorola since the initial filings last year, but today's revelation makes clear that Apple has continued to press its case and gone on the offensive against not only Motorola's smartphones but also its tablets.

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35 months ago
This is getting ridiculous.

Did Apple patent rectangle or touch screen? Anyone else other than Steve Jobs notice any resemblance between Xoom and iPad?:rolleyes:
Rating: 31 Positives
35 months ago
I don't think the Xoom looks all that much like iOS, but that Jay Tech crap is a straight rip off. Look at the dock!
Rating: 24 Positives
35 months ago
Rating: 19 Positives
35 months ago
Is Apple going to sue everyone who makes a tablet that's a rectangle?

Wait nvm, after looking at the pics again that jay-tech company totes deserves to be sued.
Rating: 18 Positives
35 months ago

Looks like Apple are getting very aggressive over this one.


Rightly so!
Rating: 17 Positives
35 months ago

This is getting ridiculous.

Did Apple patent rectangle or touch screen? Anyone else other than Steve Jobs notice any resemblance between Xoom and iPad?:rolleyes:


Actually they were the first to come up with that form factor.

The form factor being a thick black bezel on touch device. No one else had done this before and everyone else has since.
Rating: 16 Positives
35 months ago
It's obvious to everyone that all these tablet manufacturers didn't out of the blue get the idea to include a mobile OS on a tablet, rather than a full-fledged desktop OS like Microsoft seems to still be trying to do... Not that there's a better way to do it or anything, but all these Android tablets are just mimicking the iPad, like Android did with iPhone OS in the first place.
Rating: 16 Positives
35 months ago
It's business. If Apple doesn't defend its patents in every possible case, then the select cases they go after will use the "They're calling out me, but not these people" defense... and it will work.

If you pick-and-choose when to defend your patent, you're going to lose it. Patent enforcement is all or none, not just sometimes.

But people will still call out Apple for being trolls, of course.
Rating: 16 Positives
35 months ago

Anyone else other than Steve Jobs notice any resemblance between Xoom and iPad?:rolleyes:


Um...yes.
Rating: 14 Positives
35 months ago

Good question. But don't be lazy. The contents of Apple's design patents has been published on the internet, and no, I'm not going to google it for you.



You mean: When you can't innovate, copy. And Motorola seems to have started this litigation.




Copy? There are only so many ways you can design a tablet. It would be like Ford suing Chevy for building a car with 4 wheels and an engine. But the OS is what really matters, and Honeycomb doesn't look a thing like iOS. If you see any resemblance to iOS in that screenshot, you're blind.
Rating: 14 Positives

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