Apple Sues Motorola Over Smartphone Patents

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) Apple is suing Motorola for infringing on patents related to its smart phones.

Apple Inc. says Motorola’s Droid, Cliq, BackFlip and other phones violate its patents related to the iPhone’s touch screen and user interface.

Apple says it wants Motorola Inc. to stop using the patents and is seeking an unspecified amount of damages as well as its attorneys’ fees and costs.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Wisconsin on Friday.

The suit comes after Motorola sued Apple earlier this month over patent infringement.

Motorola is the seventh-largest phone maker in the world. It is outstripped by Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry, in North America.

Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones from July through September.

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