A smartphone rivalry has scaled to the highest legal level.
) filed two federal infringement lawsuits against Motorola (
) this past Friday, claiming the Illinois company ripped off
its intellectual property by duplicating iPhone services in
its Multi-Touch product line. The lawsuits covering six
patents - three patents per suit - were filed in the Western
District of Wisconsin.
Apple takes issue with "smartphones and associated software,
including operating systems, user interfaces, and other
application software designed for use on, and loaded onto such
the complaint states
. It is seeking damages in the form of royalties from sales
of the phone.
Apple typically is very protective of its products' technology
as iPhone sales represent 39 percent of the company's
earnings. Chief operating officer Tim Cook
warned the industry during a 2009
: "we like competition as long as they don't rip off our
IP. And if they do, we will go after anyone who does."
Apple recently jumped ahead of Research In Motion (
) to stake out the number four spot on the top five list.