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Following Microsoft’s legal action against Motorola over nine patents related to its Android-based smartphones, Apple has now followed suit and also sued Motorola.
 
This lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Wisconsin on 29 October 2010. According to the Associated Press, the Cupertino-based company stated in its filing that the Motorola Droid (Milestone in South Africa), Cliq, BackFlip as well as other phones from Motorola infringes on its patents related to the iPhone’s touch-screen and user interface (UI).
 
The iPhone maker said that it wants Motorola to stop contravening its patents and is also looking for an unspecified amount of damages to be awarded, plus lawyers’ fees and costs. The Apple lawsuit follows in the wake of Motorola suing Apple last month over patent infringement.
 
In related news, according to market research firm IDC (International Data Corporation), Apple has surpassed BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) to become the world’s fourth largest cellphone maker. 
 
Mobile vendors shipped 340.5 million units during this past quarter compared to 297.1 million units in Q3 2009. Apple sold 14.1 million smartphones (1.7 million more than RIM) giving the company a 4.1% share of the global market. 
 
The top three selling companies were Nokia, which sold 110.4 million units (giving it a 32.4% market share), Samsung which sold 71.4 million units (21% market share), and LG which sold 28.4 million units (8.3% market share).

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