Back in 2010, Motorola filed a lawsuit against Apple, citing six of its prized patents and claiming that Apple’s iDevices walked all over them.
Now Motorola has expanded the complaint to encompass the iPhone 4S and iCloud. However, as it’s too late to “inject supplemental infringement contentions” (thanks, FOSS Patents), it’ll necessitate a separate lawsuit. Will the patent party ever end?
Interestingly, Google must’ve explicitly given approval for the action, as the Google-Motorola agreement prohibits Motorola from making such maneuvers without Google’s consent.
The six patents, kindly listed by FOSSy P, are:
- U.S. Patent No. 5,710,987 on a "receiver having concealed external antenna"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 on a "multiple pager status synchronization system and method”
- U.S. Patent No. 5,958,006 on a "method and apparatus for communicating summarized data"
- U.S. Patent No. 6,101,531 on a "system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client"
- U.S. Patent No. 6,008,737 on an "apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device"
- U.S. Patent No. 6,377,161 on a "method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information"
The lawsuit from late 2010 is only just coming to trial this summer, so it could be another couple of years before we find out the fate of the iPhone 4S and iCloud, by which point we’ll be rocking the iPhone 6S and riding around on hoverboards.