Motorola files new ITC complaint against Apple, seeks import ban on several Apple products [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| August 17, 2012

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Apple and Motorola Mobility are no strangers to filing lawsuits against one another, and today a new complaint was added to the list of legal battles between the two companies. According to Bloomberg, Motorola (which is now owned by Google) has filed a complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that Apple has infringed upon Motorola's patents. Motorola's complaint seeks to block imports of several Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and some computers. Motorola's statement on the matter is as follows:

“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.”

While it's not yet clear exactly which patents Motorola believes that Apple has infringed, this latest complaint is interesting because Motorola is now owned by Google. We've the likes of HTC, Motorola and Samsung get into legal tangles with Apple, but so far this is the closest we've come to Google straight up taking on Apple itself. Although there's still a bit that we don't yet know about this latest complaint, like the exact patents involved or the products that Moto is targeting, it should be interesting to see how this case unfolds. Apple has yet to issue a statement on the complaint, but we'll update you if we hear anything from the Cupertino firm.

UPDATE: According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Motorola claims that Apple has violated seven non-standards essential patents.

UPDATE 2: Bloomberg says that the Apple device features that Motorola believes are infringing upon its seven patents are "location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players" as well as Siri.

Via Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal