Apple and Motorola square off in patent battles

Last Thursday Apple Inc. met with great success when it won a case in Germany, Europe’s largest smartphone market, claiming that Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) had infringed an Apple patent for the slide-to-unlock method of waking touch screen phones. This follows several other legal victories, mostly in the US and Germany, regarding Android technology copying that of the iPhone. Apple now feels that it has the legal ground to file a complaint with the European Union’s competition authority accusing Motorola Mobility of breaching their agreement to license industry-standard patents on fair terms.

Typically these telecom companies collaborate on standards that are used to make products work together and license any patents on the standards they help create. However, Apple claims that Motorola Mobility is breaking that commitment. Apple is also saying that Motorola’s patents do not follow the required fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND), though Motorola’s has responded that their terms did indeed follow those regulations.