Apple Sues Motorola Over Multi-Touch

Apple is going after yet another company for apparently using their patented multi-touch technology. PattentlyApple.com reported today that Apple is going after various divisions of Motorola for infringing on Apple’s much sought after technology.

Apple is claiming that Motorola Inc. and Motorola Mobility Inc’s  devices have all or at least one of the following titled capabilities on their devices that Apple currently owns:

  • Ellipse Fitting For Multi-Touch Surfaces.
  • Multipoint Touchscreen.
  • Object-Oriented System Locator System.
  • Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Heuristics.
  • Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System.
  • Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event Driven Computer System.

As expected, Apple is seeking that Motorola be ordered to pay compensation and damages for the loss that has resulted from the infringement.

If you think you’ve heard of action taken by Apple similar to this before, you have. Apple has been going after a wide variety of companies, particularly in the mobile industry, for using multi-touch technology on their devices. However, nothing much usually comes out of these cases, and if they do, it usually involves a settlement outside of court. There seems to be a continuous stream of legal action coming from Apple and its competitors as of late, and it doesn’t look like it will be stopping anytime soon. And why should they? Especially considering how much cash companies like Apple have in their pocket. It’s worth the chance of losing what would be pocket change for Apple if it results in them getting some extra leg room in terms of competitive advantage.