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Apple sues Motorola over phone patent infringement



Apple has sued cell phone giant Motorola for patent infringement relating to the iPhone’s interface, according to published reports yesterday.

Motorola uses Apple technology in some of its phones, including the Droid, Backflip and Cliq, according to the suit filed in federal district court in Wisconsin on Friday.

One technology named is multitouch, which allows simultaneous input at multiple points on a phone’s touch screen.

The Motorola-made phones run Google’s Android operating a system, a competitor of the iPhone’s operating system.

Apple wants Motorola to stop using the features, as well as pay triple damages, royalties, and reimbursement of legal costs, according to

Last year, Apple’s COO Tim Cook said the company will go after phone makers it thinks infringe on its patents.

“We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP,” he said.

The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch use multitouch technology. Combined, they make up more than 50 percent of Apple’s revenue, according to documents published by Apple.

Motorola sued Apple last month, for patent infringement relating to its antenna and wireless technology, among other areas.

Apple is the fourth-largest phone maker in the world. Motorola is the seventh.

Apple didn't a return request for comment yesterday. Motorola declined to comment.


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