Kodak vs. Apple and RIM
Kodak in January filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Apple and RIM for allegedly infringing on patents related to digital imaging technology. Specifically, Kodak alleges that the Apple iPhone and certain BlackBerry smartphones are using a method for previewing camera phone images that has been patented by Kodak.
Motorola vs. Research in Motion
Patent litigation between Motorola and Research In Motion heated up in January, with Motorola filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that RIM engages in unfair trade practices by importing and selling products that infringe five Motorola patents. The patents cover technologies related to Wi-Fi access, application management, user interface and power management, Motorola said.
Motorola is asking the ITC to investigate RIM and bar the company from importing, marketing and selling products in the U.S. that use the technologies. The companies have been engaged in patent infringement suits dating back to early 2008. RIM declined to comment on Motorola's filing with the ITC.
Apple vs. HTC
Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit at the start of March against HTC, claiming that the Taiwanese company is infringing 20 Apple patents are related to the iPhone user interface and the smartphone's underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware and with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The suit is seen by many as more a case of Apple vs. Google and even Microsoft than Apple vs. HTC. HTC phones include those that use Google's Android mobile OS and Windows Mobile OS. HTC has defended itself, saying it uses its own technology, not Apple's.
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