Motorola seeks ban on Apple imports

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Mobile phone manufacturer Motorola Mobility is seeking a ban on the import of Apple devices to the US, claiming that some features on the tech giant's devices infringe its patents.

The company has filed a suit with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming Apple has infringed seven of its patents, including email notification, the Siri voice recognition programme, phone/video players and location reminders.

This is the second patent infringement case Motorola Mobility, which was recently acquired by Google, has filed against Apple. A ruling expected on the first case on 24 August and, if made in Motorola's favour, it could see a US import ban imposed on the iPhone. However, the second suit goes even further, encompassing the iPad and Mac computers as well.

In a statement issued to IT Pro, Motorola said: "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."

Apple had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

The latest suit is just one of many patent infringement cases currently making their way through court. Apple is

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