Apple Going After Android Through Manufacturers?

PC World is reporting today that Apple has filed suit against Android handset developer Motorola, for infringing on their multi-touch patents. Specifically, Apple is saying that Motorola infringed on this patent by including multi-touch on the following Android devices:

  • Droid
  • Droid 2
  • Droid X
  • Cliq
  • Cliq XT
  • BackFlip
  • Devour A555
  • Devour i1
  • Charm

The PC World article references a piece from Patently Apple, talking about the specifics of the lawsuit.  Namely, the fact that Motorola used multi point screens on their devices, among other alleged infringements dealing with using more than one finger or pointing device to manipulate a device.

What is interesting is the lawsuit comes after Motorola filed suit against Apple for 20 different patent infringements dealing with a myriad number of issues.  The move on Apple’s part could be seen as a counter suit to above mentioned attack from Motorola.  We live in a day and age where big companies have whole staff’s of lawyers whose entire existence is to find people to sue for patent and copyright infringements, bringing in a strong source of revenue as companies know that it is cheaper to settle out of court than go through a whole trial. 

But the question must be asked; is Apple using these lawsuits to attack Android through one of the major handset manufacturers for the platform?  We have seen lately just how concerned Apple CEO Steve Jobs is with Android, so it is not too much of a stretch to think about the idea that Apple sees multi layered benefits to suing a company that brought itself back from the edge of extinction using the Android platform.

Of course, it could just be a matter of business, and the idea that Apple is going after Android through Motorola just a wild jump in my mind, but, I can’t seem to shake the thought that it is very interesting that Apple isn’t suing all manufacturers of Smart Phones using multi-touch.  Time will tell as the suits move forward.

  • george

    don’t worry, as soon as apple wins this, they will sue all other manufactures, this is a precedence case

    • God Dammit

      Apple didn’t invent multitouch so their case is baseless. Android itself doesn’t violate anyone’s patents. Not even Oracle’s. Companies need to stop wrongfully suing Google over Android since they’ve done no wrong.

      • Howie_in_AZ

        I’m sure your vast experience in patent law would be valued immensely at Google.

    • jesse_from_nj

      Apple won’t win bro stop denying that the iphone wishes it could stand up to android….i phone a thing of the past android is in the future

  • Eddie Android

    Apple is really afraid. This is a stupid lawsuit on multitouch since multitouch is part of Android 2.1 and over. Apple doesn’t have the “fruits” to attack Google directly.

  • jesse_from_nj

    This is steve’s last ditch attempt to keep the iphone on top wich isn’t going to work since plain and simply the android is a much more powerful device. Steve is just crying about how android kicked his *** in the mobile world either way this law suit pans out one thing is for sure android will come out on top!

  • Vic

    among other alleged infringements dealing with using more than one finger or pointing device to manipulate a device

    I guess no one told Steve that a 2 button mouse used more than one finger no wonder he never let anyone put as second button on an Apple mouse. Using 2 fingers what a novel idea.

  • brife

    If you can’t beat ’em, sue ’em.

  • JTHC

    Meh, just another portfolio fight. Apple is likely *not* trying to take out Motorola, as it’s just a retaliatory suit. Chances are that these two companies are fighting over something not even remotely related to any of the patents in these suits. The lawsuits are just leveraging tools to achieve some other goal.

    If you were to ask me, it’s probably something to do with Apple’s impending expansion to Verizon and the fact that Verizon and Motorola have had a very cozy relationship. I would say that Motorola is working to delay a Verizon iPhone or at least get some leverage to reduce Verizon’s commitment to market the iPhone. The Droid line is Motorola’s marquee brand–no way they want it to become second fiddle to a Verizon iPhone.

  • meanmcclean

    Isn’t this purely a rebuttal against the furry of Patent lawsuits that Motorola filed against Apple? Not that I’m an Apple Fanboy, but of course they will counter sue here.

  • Samuel

    simple. Iphones are over rated and are dying, they suck

  • Lex

    Ideas can’t be patented. So, unless specific patented lines of code or hardware configurations that are used to make the multi-touch interfaces work were used, Apple has no case. They can’t simply patent the idea behind multi-touch, regardless of whether they invented it or not.