A few years ago iPhones were a luxury item. Now, everyone seems to have one and it can drive an entire market. (Photo : REUTERS/Aly Song)
It looks like the war for tech supremacy is heating up even more. Google, which now owns Motorola Mobility, slapped a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple. The move comes as Apple is already entangled in a patent dispute with Korean electronics company Samsung.
The Motorola Mobility suit involves seven patents that cover location reminders, email notifications, and even Siri's voice recognition system. If Motorola Mobility is successful, it could lead to a ban on imports into the United States of Apple products like the iPhone and iPad that are manufactured in Asia.
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"We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple's unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers' innovations," a statement to CNET from Motorola Mobility said.
Apple has not yet released a comment on the suit.
Apple has contested in the past that smartphones running Google's Android system are copying key features from the iPhone.
A judge back in April said that Apple infringed on a Motorola Mobility patent. The commission reviewing the findings will release its final decision on August 24.
Apple is also in the closing weeks of a lawsuit with Samsung in which it is demanding $2.5 billion from the Korean company. Apple is claiming that Samsung blatantly copied features of iPhone and iPad despite being offered a, rather expensive, licensing deal from Apple.
It looks like tech companies are scrambling to take advantage of the growing mobile market, and are really buckling down on making sure the competition distinguishes itself.