August 2012 and Apple’s market value exceeds that of Microsoft’s during 1999 growth and Apple announced on Monday 20th August 2012 that the market value climbed to a value more than $623 billion making Apple the most valuable company of all time.
But Google now own Motorola and they have unleashed an attack on Apple in the courts using asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of all iPhones, iPads, and Macs and this at a time when Apple are celebrating success.
Motorola Mobility has commented that “We would like to have settled these patent matters, but Apple is unwilling to work out a license and this leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations,” .
Apple has already been in this argument regarding Motorola’s licensing and they have said that the fees are disproportionally too high.
The ITC have also said Apple had infringed one of Motorola’s patents and this could mean that there is a ban on iPhone imports as soon as early as next week.
Apple has been asking for it, and it looks like Google are giving it to them. Larry Page, Google’s chief executive said: “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”
If Google wins and the ITC agree, there might not be any iPhones, iPads or Macs in stores in the near future.
Apple might be regretting ever getting into this patent war with both Motorola and Samsung.