Google today filed seven patent infringement claims against Apple for its use of Siri voice control software, e-mail, video playback, and others.
Apple is currently in the closing period of a legal court case with Samsung, which uses Google Android software for its range of mobile phones. However, it is generally assumed that the larger fight is between Apple and Google, with Steve Jobs referring to Android as a “stolen product”.
Up until now Apple and Google have largely avoided direct confrontation in the law courts, with Apple and Samsung battling it out. Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an agreement, despite the judge pleading with them to sort it out between themselves, and we are now awaiting a verdict. But either way it seems that the patent dispute is not over, and Apple will now be in direct confrontation with Google.
Google aquired Motorola Mobility in May, and it is these patents that Google is using to mount an attack on Apple. The claim asserts that apple infringes seven Google patents including Siri, Location Reminders, E-Mail notification, and Video Playback.
An Apple patent relating to iPhone voice control
"We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations,” Motorola Mobility told The Telegraph newspaper.