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Apple Sues Moto

8:30 AM -- The legal eagles will be swooping in on smartphone makers as patent infringement lawsuits proliferate. And the latest battle, between Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), just intensified.

Apple has filed suit against Motorola in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin because it claims Moto infringes three of its patents for touchscreen software and other display technologies.

The lawsuit is Apple's counter-attack against Moto, which only weeks ago sued Apple and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) because it claimed that the iPhone, iPad, iTouch, and some Mac computers infringed 18 of its patents related to WDCMA, GPRS, 802.11, and antenna design, as well as technologies such as wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services, and multi-device synchronization. (See Motorola Sues Apple.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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