ITC Clears Motorola Of Apple Patent Infringement Allegations


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.

[via AndroidPolice]

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  1. I think it would be cooler if everyone just chilled. Like if I woke up and said today is gonna be a good day, would my local fox channel file a suit against mme for stealing their line? Apple is suing companies for making square phones with rounded corners and multi-tasking capabilities. But riddle me this, which phone had text messaging first. Whoever that is should be suing apple for allowing their phones to have texting capabilities right. Or having a screen period, because they weren’t the first I can guarantee that. Anyone can Sue anyone for anything these days and its fucking bullshit!

  2. Not to rain on the parade or anything, but it should be noted that this was just an initial decision by the administrative law judge, not a final ruling. That means that sadly this ordeal isn’t over yet for Motorola, and won’t be until the full ITC panel makes its ruling. It’s a good sign, but it’s not over yet.

  3. Its all about who has the bigger bank account.

  4. Well put Brian. I am not particularly fond of Motorola devices, my preference is for HTC, but I will proudly stand on the side of any and all manufacturers of android devices. We all know apple doesn’t stand a chance against android in fair market competition so they resort to these ridiculous patent suits. In the end, the consumer is the one hurt regardless of which side you’re on.

  5. APPLE just wants to DESTROY ANDROID completely and doesn’t cares bout competition. so I’m glad Motorola didn’t go down

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