Motorola Mobility has been cleared of patent infringement allegations set forth by Apple and involving technologies related to touchscreen interactions and plug-and-play computing. International Trade Commission Judge Theodore Essex found no violation of patents for multi-touch and gestures nor for “a way to add components without having to run an installation program or rebooting.”
The verdict is a small victory for Android manufacturers facing a long queue of Apple-initiated patent infringement suits. Meanwhile Motorola awaits a ruling on their own lawsuit filed against Apple, a verdict for which should be coming April 23rd. Don’t expect that to be the end of it. Patents are becoming a lucrative asset in the mobile industry and companies will continue to leverage their portfolio of intellectual property so long as they can.