It’s obvious by now, after having sued Samsung, which led to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 being banned from every major European country, that Apple likes to enforce patent infringement on other companies. Their latest victim appears to be Motorola, as Apple mentioned, in a complaint over the Samsung lawsuit, that they (Apple) had filed a patent suit against Moto for the design of the Xoom, claiming that it infringed on their patents. While the motion was filed on May 27, 2011, the case had not yet been made public until Apple let it slip in Europe. A spokesperson for Motorola emailed CNET, explaining what exactly happened.
After Motorola filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in Germany in April 2011, Apple responded by filing its own patent infringement actions against Motorola in Germany including design patent infringement claims. Apple’s complaint for design patent infringement was filed on May 27, 2011, over two months ago.
The spokesperson went on to say that Motorola has reviewed Apple’s claims, and they believe the claims “have no merit.” It’s unclear which patents the Xoom supposedly infringed upon, but something has certainly got the Apple lawyers upset. Of course, this isn’t the first time Apple’s slapped Motorola with a lawsuit. Back October of 2010, Apple claimed that six patents had been violated by Moto in some of their smartphones, uncluding the Droid X, Droid 2, and of course the original Droid.