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Apple-Motorola Patent Fight Goes to Illinois

(CN) - A showdown between Apple and Google over alleged similarities between the iPhone and Droid will relocate to the Northern District of Illinois from the Western District of Wisconsin, a federal judge ruled.

Apple filed a 2010 federal complaint in Wisconsin against Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google. It alleged that Motorola violated three of its patents in "mobile devices, such as smartphones, and associated software, including operating systems, user interfaces and other application software."

"At least the following mobile devices infringe one or more claims of one or more of the asserted patents: Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, Cliq XT, Backflip, Devour A555, Devour il, and Charm," Apple claimed.

The three patents in question specifically referenced touch-screen technology. Motorola countered with claims that Apple violated six of its patents.

Earlier in 2010, Motorola pre-empted Apple's anticipated litigation with a Delaware lawsuit for declaratory judgment that Droid technology does not violate 12 of Apple's patents. Apple's Wisconsin case is one of two in the state covering patents that Motorola did not name in its Delaware suit. Motorola also filed a separate patent case against Apple in Florida.

"I am not persuaded that either side has shown a good reason to keep this case in this district," U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote in Madison, Wis.

"Trial in the Northern District of Illinois will be more convenient for the parties and the witnesses, given the location of defendant's headquarters in that district and the availability of non-stop flights from California," she concluded.

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