Most of the Apple-related legal news that's come up lately has involved Samsung, including a couple of new lawsuits and a decision by a Dutch court that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe on an Apple design right. Today we've got another legal combatant entering the fray, though, as it's been revealed that Motorola has brought a new lawsuit against Apple in Florida. In it, Motorola targets both the iPhone 4S and iCloud for alleged patent infringement. There are six patents involved in the suit, all six of which Moto claims are violated by the iPhone 4S, while all except two of them ('987 and '737) are also said to be infringed upon by iCloud. The full list of Motorola patents, courtesy of FOSS Patents, is:
Continuing on with the Apple legal news, it seems that the Cupertino firm has appealed an International Trade Commission ruling from last month, when the agency decided that HTC had indeed infringed upon a single Apple patent. At the time, HTC didn't seem too concerned about the ITC's decision, saying that it already had a workaround planned in order to avoid having its offending products banned. Now Apple has appealed the ruling, likely in an attempt to get more patents included in a win and make it more difficult for HTC to avoid a ban.
And just like that, we've got more legal battles on our hands. Interestingly, FOSS Patents believes that, as a result of the pending merger of Motorola and Google, Moto had to get the A-OK from Google before filing this latest suit against Apple. We've yet to actually see Apple and Google go head-to-head in a suit, so if Google did give Moto the green light, this is the closest we've come to seeing the company go up against Apple itself. Getting back to the case itself, there's no word yet on when we can expect to hear more on the matter, but we'll pass along the details as we get them. Stay tuned.